A couple days ago, we found out that Ostrich was broody! For the non- chicken-keepers reading, being broody means that they want to be a mother. They find eggs (They don’t care if they are imaginary, fake or real!) and sit on them for around a month until the eggs hatch! First she tried to set up her eggs in the nesting box, (Failure, as the other chickens pecked her to try to get to the eggs) then we moved her to our barn in an old dog crate bedded with straw and with little cups of food and water. She was happy in there for a little while, then my Mom pointed out that it would be hard for her to stretch her legs. We moved the crate to the chickens old coop, but Ostrich didn’t want to go back in. We shoved her in and closed the door. She got frantic and broke an egg. She sampled the yolk and suddenly wanted to stay in. I pulled her out, replaced the eggy straw and removed the eggshell. All Ostrich wanted was to sit in the nesting box. We let her in and marked her 10 eggs with blue sharpie. Then we put her in the ‘Broody-Box’ as we call it. The Broody-Box is an area of the upper coop that you can block from other chickens by inserting a piece of wood with a window attached. The other chickens can look but can’t do anything else.
I hope we don’t have anymore problems with broodiness!