A while back we bought two Pekin bantams, now named Poppy and Pippa. You may remember Poppy from the Crook Chook post when she was really sick but pulled through.
Now not being a chook expert, I thought that these two little darlings would behave just like the ISA Brown hen that I already have. Not on your nelly. These two have been pretending to be mums for the last 3 weeks, and now as it is starting to get hotter, I don’t want the girls to cook in the chook house by sitting on the nest all day. Broody, broody, broody! Besides, I only have two nesting boxes and the other girls are really complaining to me about not being able to get a seat at the theatre!
So, I did some reading. I found a really good blog called ‘The Cottage Smallholder‘ written by Fiona who suggests that I should make a broody coop. Well I had such a cage of wire mesh used for Holly when we first got her, so I took out the big pillow and the tray that went under it and put it in the caged chicken run. This is what they look like all locked up.
It is under shade cloth so is fairly cool, much better than the larger run out the back. They will stay in here for a few days and nights until they are so uncomfortable that it will break their broodiness. The other chooks don’t know what to think of the cage. It has confused them to no end. The two little girls were very upset a first because they don’t like sitting down on the wire mesh on the floor and can’t get comfortable like their nesting box. They will get over it, I hope. Here is a short video clip to show you how they are behaving now.
You will have noticed from the clip that they are not very happy Jan!
They have settled down for the evening, and are not too upset now, but miss their nest and perch. Hopefully they will not have to stay in the broody coop for too long. I will let you know how it pans out over the next few days. Maybe I should have just gotten fertile eggs and let them hatch. Apparently they do make great mums.