Tack­ling an ag­gres­sive broody

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Q My Tran­syl­va­nian Naked Neck went broody af­ter lay­ing for a month. She had been stor­ing up a nest of eggs in a nest box. She shares this box with her sis­ter and now ev­ery time her sis­ter goes in and lays an egg, our broody hen rolls it un­der her­self with the rest. She’s in­tim­i­dat­ing as she growls and pecks to­wards me if I get close, but should I let her do that? What should I do? A Julie Moore says: Leav­ing a broody to hatch eggs in a nest box poses sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges as you’ve al­ready found out.

You should mark all the eggs that you want to hatch with an ‘X’ in pen­cil. This way, you will know which eggs are for hatch­ing and which eggs have been laid by other hens. Check un­der the broody daily and re­move any un­marked eggs.

Some broody hens are so in­tent on be­com­ing a mother, they ne­glect their own health. You should en­sure that your broody leaves her nest twice a day to feed, drink and poo — you’ll find that she will in­stinc­tively re­turn to her nest quickly. This will also give you the op­por­tu­nity to re­move any un­marked eggs from the nest.

ABOVE: My broody Tran­syl­va­nian Naked Neck shares a nest box with her sis­ter. RIGHT: Mark all eggs that you want to hatch with an ‘X’ in pen­cil so that you know which eggs are for hatch­ing and which eggs have been laid by other hens.

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