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Brood coop

  new broody hen chamber

Our one Cochin hen is in a broody mood again. The plan is to put her in this new mini-coop sometime tomorrow when we pick up some fertilized eggs from a friend who has a rooster.

I'm looking forward to this for completely selfish reasons. Each time I urge her off the nest and steal her eggs she immediately begins chewing me out with her very harsh tongue. It usually only lasts for a few minutes....but I've always had a problem with listening to angry females on a tyrannical rant.

I installed an Avian Aqua Miser so that she can get to it without leaving the nest. I hope this makes her stay a bit more comfortable.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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