It is perfectly natural for heritage hens to go broody. The heavy breeds are more inclined to do so than the light breeds. Pekin bantams and silkies are renowned for making great sitters and excellent mothers. If you have discovered a broody in your nest box there are two options available:
Either make use of her broodiness and use her an incubator and place a setting of eggs under her so you can hatch out your next laying generation or remove her quickly out of the nest box to a separate wire/netting cage with fresh water and feed. Wire netting on all 4 sides is best. Our broodyTUBE works a treat as a holding pen if the hen is shut out of the house and kept in the wire run. Do not offer her any ‘creature comforts’ other than some protection from wind and wet weather would be kind. Leave her in the wire cage for a week till she has got over her broodiness then place her back in the laying pen. Here at Appletons we keep many different breeds so as the girls go broody each week we remove them and place them in a communal pen with no creature comforts. Having new house mates upsets the pecking order and so their minds are taken off being broody and focused more on sorting out who is who in the sin bin! For the best results act quickly within 24 to 48 hours of her going broody to snap her out fast so you can get her back into production quickly. Broody hens are unproductive hens especially if left flitting away endless hours and days sometimes even weeks sitting on no eggs or your fresh eating eggs!
Broody heritage breed hens are are great way of producing the next generation (well that is what they are here for!) and don't forget hens do not lay forever so refeshing your flock every 2 to 3 years is a good idea.
Thanks so much for your brilliant help and advice when purchasing our girls, who are incidentally, very happy in their apartment. Your knowledge was illuminating and we are very happy with the product and the service. Highly recommended!
25/06/2017 by Raelene
Both my chickens and I are rapt with this fencing. It was really easy to put up, the chickens are loving having some extra room and so far they haven't managed to escape!
21/06/2017 by Heather
The way business ought to run - with professionalism, order, respect and regard for the variety and quality of the offering and of course the lives of the animals.
At the same time it's about people, with eye-level communications, and always a word of advice if needed.
Thanks you for your continued service over the years. Keep on chooking.
21/06/2017 by Avner
Fantastic service super fast delivery.
16/06/2017 by Nikky
We have recently relocated to Palmerston North - only to find that our neighbour has a lovely (but very naughty) Fox Terrier - who loves chasing cats! I was super worried for our cat Mascot as he had already had a doggy run in earlier this year (losing a few of his nine lives!) A quick search online and I found Appletons and the range of Omlets. Super easy to order, fabulous customer service, quick delivery, great packaging, easy to follow instructions...I could not ask more! Please follow the advice about putting the clips in warm water - it saves you from having sore paws! Mascot now has a bachelor pad the envy of the neighbourhood kitties. I have also ordered a small run for a friend who has an apartment - her kitty has indoor outdoor flow. Thank you so much for such a great product that not only keeps our pets safe, but provides huge peace of mind.
15/06/2017 by Adrienne
I ordered egg cartons about this time yesterday morning and they arrived less than 24 hours later, I would like to say Great Service and thanks very much.
15/06/2017 by Ashley
So glad I found you guys and the products are just as described and great helpful advice aswell. Fast delivery and great website. Will be definitely purchasing more from you :-) Many thanks Vanessa
12/06/2017 by Vanessa
Excellent service from point of order to delivery of products. Thanks Appletons for excellent service again and again.
08/06/2017 by Christine
Just letting u know my cat enclosure is awsum arrived in 3 days packing great. Product very well made easy to assemble looks awsum.Thanks heaps to you all at Appletons. Regards trish thorburn.
01/06/2017 by Trish
One of the best sellers I have encountered. Incredibly helpful with my order and even offered suggestions to ease my delivery difficulty. Products were excellent and service that went beyond the extra mile. People who really care and products that are high quality. Would happily trade with again was a pleasure.
24/05/2017 by Sonya
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