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.


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.