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.
Delighted with my Chicken Fencing, very easy to erect and does a great job, as does the Easy Care Drinker. I haven’t used the Poultry Safeguard Concentrate yet but I’m sure it will be just as great
Thank you Appletons
17/01/2018 by carole
I placed an order for a product just before Christmas and the staff did all they could to make sure that it arrived as soon as possible. Thank you so much! Very happy with the product too:)
17/01/2018 by Susan
My chooks and I love the new Eglu Cube - easy to follow instructions, did need two of us. It looks good and the chooks really seem to love it and also great how easy it will be to clean!!
16/01/2018 by Nikki
This is the second chicken fence I have purchased. I now have one around the chickens house and one around the vege garden to protect it when the chickens are let out daily! Easy to put up and great on on the slopes. Terrific service again, thank you.
12/01/2018 by Chris
I ordered leg bands and they were dispatched quickly. As it was such a small order it would have been good to have had the option to have the items mailed to me as the courier cost more than the order! Very good service though.
20/12/2017 by Jackie
I was so pleased with my first purchase that I ended up buying a second Easy Care Drinker for the Girls. Highly recommended! Thanks again for the prompt delivery!
15/12/2017 by Angeline
Great service and an excellent product. All arrived very fast and was quick and easy.
14/12/2017 by Richie
Very happy with our new small flock .
they are settling in nicely and appear supprisingly smart .
Thanks for great service again .
12/12/2017 by Wilfried
Thanks for the additional guidance on incubating eggs when I phoned, great chatting to another chicken-mad folk. My eggs arrived in perfect condition.
30/11/2017 by Kelly
Everything all good, eggs ordered and arrived no problem at all.
28/11/2017 by Mark
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