I have a broody hen on eggs I want to move her because she has made her nest in an old heap of trees I would like to move her because of predators I tried to move to a safe place but she would not sit back on them so I moved her back. Help please
Get a bushel basket or a large planter pot annd make a nest of straw and a few leaves, go to her after dark, be slow and easy but don't waste a lot of time, talk to her, just try to calm her. it could take her a little time to settle down, have the pen already for the nest with a cup of feed and water, then just stay away from her. let her think shes still hide, good luck with her
Lots of ways of doing this, they dont awlays work. this is the way I moved a hen 2 days ago.Make your new nest in a cage of aprox 3 by 2 foot in a well shaded area or nearly dark, Then place a half dozen unimportant eggs in it, Now lift you hen and feed her allow her to return to the oild nest. Remove the good eggs to another hen or incubator. Now place hen in new cage with the practice eggs just about visible, do this around miday as some people do this at night with the good eggs only to find her off them next morning and the eggs cold. She may not sit on the new nest for a while or only short peroids after about half a hour allow a strange rooster to pick some feed around the nest. This will encourage the hen to sit as he represents a threat to the eggs and her so she is forced to make a choice. When she has sat for a couple of days and returned after being lifterd and fed when dropped in the cage ( not on the nest ) as this only makes her move away from them she is ready to have the good eggs returned.
I only move them at night. I use a 12" square box. Actually, a milk crate. Fill the bottom a few inches deep with bedding. Go to her quietly at night, lift her gently off the nest, move the eggs and her nest if its well formed right into the bottom of the box, then cover the top of the box with a towel and a piece of plywood as a lid to keep her in. Then move her to a safer place to hatch the chicks. The next night I will remove the plywood and towel. I have never had an occasion that this method did not work.