We’ve had it with Crazy. She went broody three times over the summer. We let her hatch and raise the first two clutches, but broke her of the last spell which was peculiar to begin with. Instead of building a clutch of eggs she just sat in the nesting box for hours on end. I’d pull her out each morning and place her on the ground. She’d hiss at me (the best way to describe her angry vampire-like protests) and then flare out her wings and run like a nut to the feeder.
Two weeks ago she went broody again! In the middle of winter!! Rather than put her in the stew pot, we decided to purchase six 5-day old chicks from the feed store and stick them under her just as it was getting dark. We were prepared to raise the chicks ourselves if she rejected them, but no need. She immediately got that dopey new mother look on her face and began softly to coo to them.
Here are two photos taken this afternoon. There are 2 black sex links, 2 red sex links and 2 aracunas. We wanted to get some barred rocks, but the ones available were already three weeks old. Next time… -Tree