Sugar is broody again and Flame has only one tail feather

This really is the year of the broody! Salmon gave up being broody after only two days like last time. If only they were all like Salmon!

Salmon isn’t so committed. She will only sit in one of the two favourite nest boxes and they were mostly occupied. One was occupied by broody Smoke and one by which ever girl needed to lay. This kept Salmon out.

Salmon also continued to perch at bedtime rather than sit in a corner possibly because it is either the two favourite boxes or nothing for her.

Smoke has now been broody for a week but she is coming out of it. My tactic is to lift her out every time I go in the run and she is now staying out for longer periods so I think she will give up in a day or two.

The more annoying thing is that Sugar is now broody again after only nine eggs in eleven days this time. The first time Sugar was broody for six weeks and then after four days in the broody crate she came out of it and started laying again two weeks later.

The second time I put her in the broody crate straight away and she came out of it after four days and started laying again after a further four days.

This time round I am treating Sugar the same as Smoke. I am not sure if her six week session was a one off or if she would be like that each time but the only way to find out is to try it this way.

I don’t object to using the broody crate when I need to but I would prefer not to have to use it on regular basis. I will keep lifting Sugar from the nest box and see if, like Smoke, she starts to come out after a week or so. If it starts looking like it’s going to go on for the long haul again then I will switch to the broody crate.

Broody Smoke and Sugar share a nest box

In other news Flame has only one remaining tail feather.

Flame has only one tail feather

Flame isn’t having a bad moult so far. She is dropping breast and tail feathers but not too many at once and isn’t looking too shabby. I wonder if she will moult in two halves with a second moult at the end of the year. Time will tell.

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7 Responses to Sugar is broody again and Flame has only one tail feather

  1. David says:

    Coping with broodies is one of the challenges we face with certain breeds in particular, seramas being one. I have fewer silkies/silkie crosses and pekings, although Lena, my millefleur pekin is now broody for the 5th time this season. At least your girls seem to be gentle; most of mine are, but not Lena – she’s the most aggressive I’ve ever had; fortunately, blocking off the nest boxes at night has worked so far. Fingers crossed for you that Sugar won’t be long in resuming ‘normal’ service – although this maybe is normal.:)

    • Carol says:

      It is an ongoing challenge and one of the reasons that I would like to add a non broody breed. I am fortunate though that my broodies are not aggressive. Smoke is the most aggressive girl to the other girls and it is surprising to me that she isn’t at all aggressive to me. I have had girls in the past that pecked when broody and it amazes me that Smoke has never pecked me and allows me to handle her with ease. Sugar too is so easy to handle. I have to be grateful for that. It is now just a matter of seeing how long Sugar will go this time. Last night Smoke was perched at bedtime so I think she is through it but Sugar was in the corner and I lifted her to the perch.

  2. Sophie says:

    I think the more birds you have the more of a challenge it is as well. I only have two and Bubble hasn’t been broody yet but Jasmine has twice this year. it has been easy because I can just shut the nesting box off. You’ve got your hands full! xx

    • Carol says:

      That is true and with two serial broodies it just keeps coming round again. I complained to Richard that it was bad luck that out of two new girls (last September) one is a serial broody and he said to think of it as lucky because it could have been both of them! xx

  3. marion says:

    A full time job with you broody girls.

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