elle sagenev wrote:
The few times before I adopted my "6 chickens only" mantra I used to let them hatch out eggs, They'd pick a nest box of eggs to sit on and switch that one out for another every other day. I was always throwing eggs out because a broody had been sitting on them and then switched to other ones and AHH. If I put them in a cage to keep them from hopping around they'd promptly stop sitting on eggs at all. Drove me bonkers.
Mike Jay wrote:
Next time I'll put her on the ground on day 21 and cover her with the cage for a day or two. Then I'll open the door to the cage so she can get out and live her new life with the chicks. That way she's only caged for a day or two and she won't leave the nest at the critical moment. And yet the chicks will be able to walk around and not fall to their deaths.
Ghislaine de Lessines wrote:Currently I have guineas who have never gone broody for me.
Mike Jay wrote:Yup, keeping things separate and keeping the greedy big birds from eating the chick food is the biggest struggle. It's still a better struggle than raising chicks myself.
I've since then redesigned the nest box so that I can have a removable box for her so I can just slide that one out hen and chicks and all.
I've made a little jail cell for the chick food that has bars close enough that only the chicks can get in. That keeps the hens from sucking it down.
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