Broody again…

Well we found another broody hen yesterday! She is apparently much more clever than the folks who feed her. She had decided to lay a clutch of eggs in a small room under an out building by the time we noticed her she had 11 eggs she was trying to cover on a piece of plywood! That’s quite a trick with eggs rolling all over the place. She had to abandon 3 of them so she id down to 8. We decided last night to try and help her out. We moved a nesting box near her and transferred the eggs one at a time to the nest. Last we moved her. She was confused at first but now she has it figured out. We don’t know how many will make it, but we figure she deserves to try! Check back in a few weeks and we will post the results…fingers crossed!

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Hen vs. Incubator…

…and the Hen won!  Recently we purchased our first incubator.  We thought we were ready, we got the fan and turner installed and started collecting eggs.  We put 30 eggs in the incubator and hoped for the best.

At the last minute we decided to allow our broody hen to sit on a clutch of 6 eggs and see how the hatch rates would compare.  We watched the temperature and humidity closely in our incubator, and kept an eye on the broody hen as she went into a deep trance protecting her clutch.

Twenty one days later the results were in.  Sadly, our first try at the incubator was not successful; only two eggs hatched.  And Ms. Broody?  She hatched 5 out of 6!  Great job!!  Although it was our first time using our incubator, we certainly expected a better hatch rate than this.  We haven’t given up tough.  We have already started planning for how to prepare for a more successful second try.

For now we are thoroughly enjoying watching Ms. Broody and her sweet little chicks!