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.
Always buy eggs & supplies from Appletons as your team is fantastic & hatching eggs always have very high hatching rates!
23/10/2017 by Sandra
brilliant product up until purchase of these was writing date on eggs..no need to now and it looks great
19/10/2017 by Brenda
After using heat lamps for the last few years, we changed to the heatplate. Wow! Wish wed done this a lot sooner. The chicks love it and the power consumption is massively reduced. Speedy service and delivery.
18/10/2017 by Nicola
Once again, excellent service and communication. Really can't recommended the team at Appleton's enough. Eggs securly packaged and arrived safe and sound. Fingers crossed for a good hatch.
18/10/2017 by Nicola
Great way to make sure the eggs get used in date order. Looks great on the kitchen worktop too!
11/10/2017 by Andrew
Prompt deliver, and the girls used it straight away! Thank so much!
10/10/2017 by Angeline
Me and the kids collected our 6 x 14 week old pullets after building our own coop and run together - a happy day after a couple of years without chooks. All hens happy and healthy and settling in well to their new home : )
08/10/2017 by Mark
I have dealt with Appletons quite a few times now. The delivery service is wonderful. Always so quick and the products are of a very high standard. I would not hesitate in recommending them to anyone.
06/10/2017 by Stephanie
Our new Omlet Eglu Go and chicken fencing is fantastic and so are all the wonderful food and health products we bought through Appletons for our rescued battery hens. After just two weeks, our little flock is free range, happy and laying eggs. Testament to the great products recommended on your website.
05/10/2017 by Theresa
I love my new black egg skelter, it arrived quickly and looks so smart sitting on the bench!
01/10/2017 by Maree
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