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  1. Hi everyone, Was just after a bit of advice if anyone has any. We integrated two hens in July. We did it slowly over a couple of weeks and after a few more weeks they were all friends, dust bathing together and there weren’t many problems. About a week ago, one of the hens specifically has been picking on one of the smaller ones. She will just peck at her randomly and chase her a bit. We try and allow them to free range for about 5 hours a day outside of work, and she will still do it in the garden. Luckily I have never seen her bleeding. The smaller hen just makes a short sharp clucking (fairly constantly) when she comes near, and tends to flap up somewhere to avoid. I’ve also noticed she will just sit dead and stare until she’s gone past. We went away this weekend and came back and she was in the Eglu tucked in the corner. I was really worried about her and gave her a lot of TLC. Her comb and wattle is still very red. She’s eating and drinking, but every time you turn your back she’s back on the nest. It does look like she’s tried to line it with a few feathers and I’ve noticed her picking up straw in the garden like she is wanting to use it and shes really fluffed up when she’s in there. I keep trying to get her out (she doesn’t complain very much) to make sure she comes out for food and water, but is there anyway I can work our either way if she’s scared and hiding or broody? Any suggestions to stop the bullying? I worry about them enough - not sure I can cope with the little one being bullied too! Thank you
  2. Hi everyone, Was just after a bit of advice if anyone has any. Sorry I also seem to have posted this twice as can’t delete from wrong forum 🤦🏽‍♀️ We integrated two hens in July. We did it slowly over a couple of weeks and after a few more weeks they were all friends, dust bathing together and there weren’t many problems. About a week ago, one of the hens specifically has been picking on one of the smaller ones. She will just peck at her randomly and chase her a bit. We try and allow them to free range for about 5 hours a day outside of work, and she will still do it in the garden. Luckily I have never seen her bleeding. The smaller hen just makes a short sharp clucking (fairly constantly) when she comes near, and tends to flap up somewhere to avoid. I’ve also noticed she will just sit dead and stare until she’s gone past. We went away this weekend and came back and she was in the Eglu tucked in the corner. I was really worried about her and gave her a lot of TLC. Her comb and wattle is still very red. She’s eating and drinking, but every time you turn your back she’s back on the nest. It does look like she’s tried to line it with a few feathers and I’ve noticed her picking up straw in the garden like she is wanting to use it and shes really fluffed up when she’s in there. I keep trying to get her out (she doesn’t complain very much) to make sure she comes out for food and water, but is there anyway I can work our either way if she’s scared and hiding or broody? Any suggestions to stop the bullying? I worry about them enough - not sure I can cope with the little one being bullied too! Thank you
  3. I have 3 dutch bantam eggs in the incubator due to start hatching tomorrow and a dutch bantam hen has gone broody today! Common sense suggests that it's far too late to put them under her, but I don't know what cues she uses to switch from sitting to chick care - does it have to be a certain amount of time, or would hatching sounds be enough? She has been a very good mother in the past.
  4. I know some topics recur here time and again, so apologies and please bear with me. Though I've had chickens for 5 years I now have my first broody hen. I've read back through previous topics mentioning cages and cold water and closed coops and goodness knows what else, but my inclination is to simply leave her be. My hens don't sleep in the coop and the others lay elsewhere, so can a broody hen come to harm by being left alone? I'm concerned that she may not drink enough, given the current hot and dry spell, but otherwise, can I just ignore her? Should I try to give her water, or will she serve herself when I'm not looking? Thanks in advance!
  5. Hi guys! I went to open the coop this morning and I saw a little head pop out from broody girl Pika was I ok to open the coop up if they’re now hatching? Also do I put some food and water inside the coop with them now? Finally the big question, do I leave the egg shells where they are, I doubt all chicks have hatched just yet so don’t want to disturb her at all but wondering about the shells getting in the way! Thanks 🙏
  6. Hi everyone, One if my girls is using my eglu as a broody coop, her eggs are due to hatch any day. I’m going to fashion a ramp out of the coop into the run to avoid that drop, do I need to do anything with the run at all? They’re LF chicks not bantam so shouldn’t be tiny chicks but wondering if the run gaps will still be too big and they’d be able to get out? Also any other advice welcome please, this is my first time broody hen so it’s all new thank you
  7. Eek we have another broody. What is it with my girls????!!! Going on holiday in a week..... Might have to get a broody box going altho she was getting so het up about getting back into the nest box I was getting worried she'd over heat. Any tips gladly welcomed as one week to break this 😬😬😬😬
  8. Hello all, Desperate for help! Really concerned about my daughter's chicken. I think She's been broody all week. Has come out to eat and drink a bit but not masses. Been trying to break was about to do broody cage. Today got her out and noticed that she' s so wobbly she staggers especially if still. At first I thought she'd hurt her leg but now seems more unstable. Not sure what is going on. Don't think egg bound, can't see mites, trying to get her to eat today. She's had some mash and a bit of wheetabix (only thing she wanted) managed to prepet some water and vits into her bit she' still very wobbly and not herself. Not sure what to do! At present we have her inside in the house in a dog cage, on soft towel. Been going into feed and water every few hours, radio 4 to sooth. But she seems no better. Given egg, raw egg, mash, Water, spaghetti as usually a favourite; no luck .Planning vets tomorrow although worried the drive will be too much for her. Have I missed anything?? Anything I can try? She's our baby; raised her from day one... Just don't know what to do. Thank you so much for your time. Really appreciate it x
  9. Hi all, I'm wondering if if you could help me please. We've just had a chicken go broody, which is fine atm and fingers crossed we seem to have stopped her. BUT my worry is we are away end of June for two weeks and my neighbour is looking after the girls. I'm a bit concerned that one could go broody whilst we are away and if it's very hot could be very dangerous for her. Not sure what I can ask him to look out for in one or two visits a day to make sure all is okay? Also wondering if there's any thing I can do to make the heat less of an issue in the coop (we have an eglu inside a walk in.)?? All advice would be very gladly welcomed. Thank you so much! Nat
  10. Hi all, I'm wondering if if you could help me please. We've just had a chicken go broody, which is fine atm and fingers crossed we seem to have stopped her. BUT my worry is we are away end of June for two weeks and my neighbour is looking after the girls. I'm a bit concerned that one could go broody whilst we are away and if it's very hot could be very dangerous for her. Not sure what I can ask him to look out for in one or two visits a day to make sure all is okay? Also wondering if there's any thing I can do to make the heat less of an issue in the coop (we have an eglu inside a walk in.)?? All advice would be very gladly welcomed. Thank you so much! Nat

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