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Re: Drowned chick

Post by dinosaw » Mon Jul 13, 2015 3:34 pm

I would imagine that the humidity level under a broody would be a lot higher than you would initially think. There is very little in the way of air gaps under a broody bird for either moisture or heat to escape. For a (poor) comparison, remember how quickly the old telephone boxes would steam up once you shut the door.
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Re: Drowned chick

Post by Margaid » Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:15 pm

I've read both tales Marigold, about the broody walking through dew soaked grass and nesting on a damp turf. They are both in L Wright's book The Practical Poultry Keeper. He advocates having a nest box with no base, sitting on the ground, and recommends scraping a hollow in the earth before putting in the straw. It was this book that gave me the idea for "droppings board" 3 inches under the perch in my big wooden house.
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