A couple of days ago, I had all but given up on BroodyBuffy. There were six eggs in the wicker nest, because I had my mental blinkers on and thought “six chicks come from six eggs. Selah.” It never occurred to me that Buffy might need more eggs to go broody.
Then along comes one of my most excellent readers to tell me: more eggs = more broody. The heavens opened, the angels sang, and the doves were released. Eureka!!
Thanks to Aoxa’s excellent guidance, I am now allowing Buffy’s eggs to accumulate. She sat her six old eggs all day yesterday, from 7am to 5pm, and added a seventh. She re-entered the brooder about 9am this morning, and is now sitting eight. Will this be enough to throw the switch? Is eight, in fact, enough? (Okay, if you got that, you are old.)
After Buffy exits the brooder crate at dusk, I’m going to set up my new ceramic heat bulb in there (thanks, Pat!). When Buffy gets back in tomorrow morning, the brooder will be snug and cozy, and it just might sweeten the deal.
The next question: will nine days of “brooding” be long enough that she’ll accept the chicks on the 20th?
Fingers crossed, yo!