A Tip on Keeping a Hen with Eggs or Chicks Safe Among the Flock

It’s best to keep a hen with fertile eggs under her in a separate place, but that’s not always possible. Personally, I like to keep my birds together, so this box is a nice solution. I found this pic somewhere and saved it so I could incorporate the idea in my own coop.

Brooder Box Inside the Coop

Why is this Box Important?

1.  Sometimes other hens can disturb a nest of fertile eggs causing them to break.
2. Other hens may quit laying if they are discouraged to enter the community nest area by a hen with eggs under her.
3. Newly hatched chicks may get injured or even killed by other members of the flock.

I like having the wire top hinged. It’s nice and super easy to move a broody hen from the community nest area and have the option to close the lid as hatch day approaches.

About Those Ants

My last post At War with Ants has a new development, and thanks to YouTube, I’ve a new plan of attack. So far nothing has worked to get rid of them,¬† so before I reach for the gasoline, I’ve now something new to try.

Cornmeal
$1.79

Corn Meal! Really? They eat it, the corn meal expands, they can’t digest it… and the ant explodes. COOL! It doesn’t harm birds… I checked. Last night I put out the corn meal, this morning I see tons of ants all over it. I better see dead ones by tonight, or tomorrow morning I’m using gasoline and ending this saga once and for all.

Here’s the rather boring video showing a massive reduction of ants using corn meal.