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.
I ordered a second lot of chicken fencing and it arrived very quickly and we were kept up to date with its progress all the way. A great product.
19/07/2019 by Phillippa
Have come to expect Appletons very efficient service for their top class products and the step on chook feeder I just purchased was no exception. It's saved me a lot of work and my Barred Plymouth Rock chickens learned to use it extremely quickly.
18/07/2019 by Guest
Wonderful purchase!! My 2 Flemish giant rabbits love to use the two boxes as make-shift burrows, sleeping, eating hay and hanging out in them! Very spacious, sturdy and high quality! 5/5 stars
09/07/2019 by Guest
Fantastic Chicken run - easy to put together. Communication great. Highly Recommend
08/07/2019 by Guest
The Wood Shavings are good value for a big bag - they smell great, and are very absorbent. Layer pellets - our 6 chooks are each laying an egg daily; they are thick-shelled and taste great, so their diet must be good.
07/07/2019 by Guest
Not an easy system to get the hang of initially but taking a careful approach avoids mistakes and misinterpretations. It looks at this stage as if carefully looked after it could last long enough to cover the cost. Very happy with the solution to the need for a mobile pen at this stage. Thank you
03/07/2019 by Guest
Excellent Product Excellent Service.
I have given up with 'make-shift' fences and decided to purchase an Eglu Waffle Fence which is a high quality easy to assemble product.
02/07/2019 by Guest
Just wanted say a big thank you; my partner and our neighbour put the new henhouse together today and were super happy with the ease of assembly. They say the quality is really good; our chooks will be stoked!
27/06/2019 by Michelle
The wheelbarrow henhouse we recently acquired is perfect for Dad’s 3 hens. The hens adapted to it very well, and being able to easily move it around has made it much easier for Dad, who is now in his 90s,to care for his hens and collect their eggs. We are delighted with it and gladly recommend it to others. Lindy.
24/06/2019 by Guest
Excellent service. Very helpful and great to be able to pick up pellets in Stoke as I live in Nelson City.
10/06/2019 by Guest
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