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. The Omlet Eglu Hutch with 1m Run 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 run 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.
The second fence went up much more quickly than the first....but not too much drama if you follow the instruction booklet carefully. The fences work well, with nil escapee's and are more suited to stone free ground.
While not causing an issue, there was a fault with the mesh diameter on one fence, which has 3 small squares 30mm or so about the middle then expanding approx. half way along to all 50mm squares, this led to a spare square at the top for half the fence, giving rise to several comments about reading instructions akin to map reading. Good product and great service as is the norm with Appletons.
22/10/2019 by Guest
Great product for rearing our turkey poults, they seem to do really well with it.
Easy website to use, fast delivery.
Very happy with the service.
20/10/2019 by Guest
Great Omlet Cube chook house. My chickens are so, so happy. It was my biggest DIY project yet and I was so proud once I had finished it all. Fionna was brilliant.
15/10/2019 by Guest
Great product, great service, fast delivery. Thank you so much
13/10/2019 by Guest
Very happy with this product. I prefer it to the Chookateria feeder as the oldest feed gets eaten first so you don't get a build up of stale food. My small flock have adapted to it easily. Set on the lightest setting, even my two little pekin bantams can operate it.
I do wish I'd have got the smaller one though - for my flock of 6 small to medium chickens, the 8kg seems a bit big. Maybe a good excuse to get some more chickens! And great customer service, as always.
11/10/2019 by Katie
So fast! Here already and beautifully packed. Only ordered yesterday. Thank you. Now I can get the chooks. Maggie
10/10/2019 by Guest
Love Appletons for all my chicken needs they're super helpful and friendly and nothing is too much trouble, shopping is always fast and the process of placing orders is always very easy and no stress. I won't shop anywhere else!
10/10/2019 by Guest
Very happy with my purchase of the medium to large egg skelter. It fits the large eggs perfectly and was delivered quickly. Thanks very much for the great service
09/10/2019 by Guest
I am so impressed with Appletons. They are so helpful on the phone. The shipping is super fast. The fertile eggs I have bought are huge and 100% fertile. Thanks guys. Keep up the tip top service.
06/10/2019 by Lulu
Thanks for the easy purchase of the egg cartons!! Prompt delivery!!! Will definitely be doing further business!! Very happy customer!! Thanks heaps!! 🐔🐔🐔
05/10/2019 by Guest
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