|Cinnamon looking all innocent before the broody incident.|
|Cookie on the left trying to avoid her mug shot!|
Having a hen go brooding is a bad idea for number of reasons. If I had a working farm it would be great to have some dedicated hens who wanted to be moms, it would eliminate the need for incubators and brood lights and all the fuss that goes with hatching and raising chicks. Remember last year at this time when I allowed Mrs. Gold to hatch a clutch of eggs? You can read about that here and here. But I don't have a rooster anymore ( RIP Silent Bob ) so no fertile eggs for them to hatch and I already have 15 chickens, I DO NOT need/want any more.
During the time that these hens are all hormonal and broody they only leave the nest to eat and drink once a day so they loose weight and don't lay eggs. It can be extremely stressful for them with no pay off at the end. If they had fertile eggs the chicks would hatch after 21 days and mom would go about her mommy business but these girls could sit forever and just waste away. So, off to the clink they go. They have to be on a wire floor with no nesting material in sight, uncomfortable and no eggs for them to obsess over.
We have a separate area that we call the hospital wing which is fenced off from the main hen yard, that's where we set up the jail. I left the gate open so my miscreants can have visitors. Every couple of days I let them out to see what they will do. If they run right back to the nest and sit down it's back to jail they go. Cinnamon stayed in her cell for 5 days before she gave up. Cookie is still in solitary. I feel bad for her but this really is for her own good.
We've been so busy that we almost forgot to celebrate a birthday. Our darling granddaughter Paige and our fur ball River share the same birthday. How could I forget you ask? Well, you may remember that we had a new grand baby in there and the whole kitchen thing. So before I forget again - Happy Birthday River!
|River at 8weeks|
I'm back to the massive clean up. Hope your summer is going great.
Until next time,