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.
Easy payment, speedy delivery. Very pleased with the product.
21/03/2018 by Russell
Speedy delivery of a good quality product :-)
REALLY liked the packaging of recycled/ reused cardboard box and newsprint paper - meant I could easily compost it, rather than the stupid bubble wrap/ inflated plastic that so much comes in nowadays. Thanks guys. Keep it up!
21/03/2018 by Nell
safe arrival of 6 heritage pullets- delayed by a week because of the forecast storm. Fionna displayed her usual concern for her precious cargo.Some worries when consignment was not there in the morning as I had expected but they were offloaded safely in Wellington at noon beautifully packaged with spare food and drink and none the worse for a 4 hour plus ferry trip :-) Many thanks again great service!
19/03/2018 by thorsten
This product is exactly what I'd been looking for. So easy to set up on my own, looks great, blends into the environment perfectly, and the hens absolutely love their new scenery and foraging area under the trees. When the green manure crop I currently have growing in my vege garden is ready to be dug over, I'll move them there for a few days. Was also very impressed with the speedy delivery. 3 days to arrive in the South Waikato and to a rural delivery address. Almost unheard of!
27/02/2018 by Jan
Amazing service with arrangements and delivery to Wellington without a hitch.... grateful and much appreciated
27/02/2018 by John
Brilliant product, so easy to set up, it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for! My chooks are loving the change of scenery and fresh foraging. Thanks very much 😊
21/02/2018 by Jan
We are delighted we have found you! We love our doves and they seem to love the Omlet home we have bought from you, and built in our garden!
19/02/2018 by Mirren
Again excellent service and quality product. Arrived here (Dannevirke) 3 days after ordering. Chooks love the stuff and have been picking away at it.
16/02/2018 by Wayne
I bought the easy care drinker, step on feeder for smaller spaces and Omlet chicken fencing. All three products are first class and I would recommend them to anyone.
14/02/2018 by carole
Hi there, I ordered some items and was very happy with the quick service. order arrived in excellent condition with no fuss. Would certainly use them again. thankyou
08/02/2018 by Daphne
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