Numbers, Names and (hopefully) No More Broody

imageimage This morning, I took a step towards being able to better identify my hens. More specifically, to identify the Rhode Island Reds who all look the same. I’ve got some who are lighter colored than the others but for the most part, they all look alike.

To combat this, I got some numbered legs bands.  We gave each hen a number and assigned a name to it.

#1, as seen here, is my sweet little Abigail, who was the easiest to do because she spent the night (her second) in the broody crate.  #2 and #3 are her gold sexlink sisters, Rebecca and Ava.

My Girl, Little Dude and I spent some time this morning numbering and naming each of the others, so they can have a name other than the generic ‘hennies’ which is what we’ve been calling them.  Dad still insists he’s going to call them all ‘Henrietta.’

4-16 are Jolene, Henrietta, Maicey, Penelope (Penny), Julia, Celcelia, Madison (aka Motor Mouth), Dottie, Ryley, Amy, Claire, Sara and Wilda.

After each girl received her bracelet, we turned them lose in the barnyard to do their usual morning routine.

Since Abby was first, we were also watching to see what she would do. Would she go running back to her favorite laying box to brood?  Or was she finally over it.  Usually, it takes her all of five minutes to return to the coop and her laying box.  This is why she’s spent two nights and two days in the ‘crate of shame.’

Today, though, she did NOT return to the coop.  Little Dude and I finished the morning chores of cleaning the beds and filling the waterers, and … no Abby.

We were down there roughly an hour, and she was the first hen outside because she got her bracelet first.  The past couple of days, she’s high-tailed it back to the laying boxes as soon as she thought I wasn’t looking (which was comical to watch because I think she knew I was watching).

Dare I assume that she’s over it now and may soon resume her job of laying eggs?


5 thoughts on “Numbers, Names and (hopefully) No More Broody

    1. Well, like I said in the other comment, she spent the majority of yesterday playing with her sisters and Dots.

      I did notice that she wasn’t going into that trance-like state she had been in the first couple of days, either. And her body temp wasn’t like an over so much. Also, she didn’t race back into box like she did on the first couple of days. That’s why I’m hoping she is over it enough. The poor little dear has a bald spot where she pulled her chest feathers out!!!

      Dad thinks I should take all the plastic eggs out. He thought they were pointless in the first place, but I’ve removed them from the boxes near Abby, and left them in other boxes because I still have 13 hens who haven’t started laying yet and most of them spend so much time outdoors now that it’s cooling off some here, I’m afraid I’ll find the eggs in the bushes … or not at all!

      I’d like to know that most of them have the right idea before the plastic eggs go away.

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    2. Replying back to say, it seemed to do the trick. She only started laying again a couple days ago. Next time, if at all possible, I will let her lay on some eggs. If ‘d one what you suggested and let her lay on week-old eggs, then she would be hatching them out by now. (Of course, all my week-old eggs were in the fridge, so they might now have worked.)

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      1. It did. Although she did seem a bit miffed with me for a couple of days. Kept pecking my boots and then running away. Seems to be over that now too.

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