Monday, February 7, 2011

Moved Momma Hen to be, to a New Nest!

I've been worried and researching what to do for a few days now.  My broody hen was setting in the regular nesting box which was above ground.  I saw images in my head of tiny fuzzy chickens catapulting out of the nesting box to get injured or mauled by the other chickens.  I read that moving a broody hen can cause her to reject the eggs.  After getting a lot of opinions from both sides of the "argument", I decided to go for it.  Remember when I brought the new girls (the Easter Egger and Barred Plymouth Rock) home from the feed store and I had them in the back of the coop until they were old enough to mix with the older hens?  Well, I reconstructed that, but this time a little better, with a hinged lid where I can access the area easily.  I made a new nesting box out of an old milk crate (half size) and lined it with new pine shavings.  I removed most of the pine shavings in her area of the coop and put new shavings down.  I set a cinder block in and put her food and water.  And, then... I moved Haughty!!

At first, she was upset and I thought I had made a mistake.  She was clucking loudly and pacing frantically back and forth.  I decided to let her be alone.  About 15 minutes later, I went back to assess the situation and she was cozied up on top of all her eggs!!  Success!!  Now, I don't have to worry about falling chicks!!  16 days and counting till I hope I have baby chicks!


  1. So eggciting *wink* Can't wait until they hatch, I'm like a little kid when it comes to things like this, LOL!!!!

    Blessings for your week,

  2. you make me want chickens too!!! thank you so much for sharing!!

  3. Sounds like you did the right thing. It will be fun to meet the chicks.--Inger

  4. So glad things went well with Haughty.

    I can't wait to see the chicks. I'm certain they will be adorable!


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