Posts Tagged ‘broody hens’

Embarrassed by my chickens October 2, 2015 4 Comments

I’m embarrassed by my chickens–yup! I won’t show you any pictures of them right now because I’m too mortified by the way they look.  It’s a shame, too, because there would otherwise be some cool photo opportunities. For instance, I have a mama hen and a bunch of baby chicks that we are raising outside a […]

Laverne, the Godzilla of Broody Hens October 8, 2014 9 Comments

This post was written by Joyce. You have to admire the perseverance of a would-be mother hen.  I have a Salmon Favorelles named Laverne who would starve on the nest before she would give up being a broody hen, even when there are no eggs under her.  As a rule, when I’d like a broody […]

What to tell your chicken sitter May 10, 2013 13 Comments

I wrote a post a while ago, entitled “three ways chickens will freak you out.” A recent comment by a reader reminded me of another way chickens can freak you out, and it inspired me to share the story of how I almost gave our chicken sitter a heart attack! Poor John. He didn’t take his “chicken sitter” duties […]

My broody bantam hen experiment–a recipe for tame chicks October 16, 2012 6 Comments

Every so often, I give in to one of my persistent broodies and let her raise chicks for me. I wasn’t planning to raise any more chicks this year, but couldn’t resist when my cute broody bantam hen became broody again.  Typically, my broody hens raise their babies outdoors, but I’ve found that my chicks raised outdoors, with less human interaction, tend to […]

Hatching Eggs: How I saved one “Lucky” chick September 18, 2012 26 Comments

My first attempt at hatching eggs did not go so well, but I had quite a surprising experience on day 21!  This unique experience made up for all the sadness and worry I had been going through with this batch of fertile hatching eggs. Three and a half years ago, when I was still fairly new to chicken raising, I did not own an incubator, […]

Your hen is broody – now what!? February 15, 2012 75 Comments

( This is Part 2 of my broody hen series. Part 1 is here.) So your hen is hogging a nest box! She is pecking at you every time you try to retrieve freshly laid eggs your other hens have laid under her, in their attempt to contribute to her cause. She thinks she is […]

What is a Broody Hen? What signs should you look for? February 1, 2012 42 Comments

The first time one of my hens went broody was quite a shock to me!  My normally docile Barnevelder was now acting quite peculiar and no longer docile – I wasn’t sure what to do with my crazy, broody hen.  Maybe you are wondering what is wrong with your chicken or maybe you are even hoping one […]