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My hen got broody and we gave her 11 eggs and she sat on them. two days later we found that the number of eggs had increased from 11 to 13. I recognised the new eggs and removed them, the hen took no notice. Is this normal should i remove all the eggs? or should i let her be?

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They usually stop laying when they go broody so that they don't have a staggered hatch. I would think another hen has been laying in the nest. I would remove any eggs that are added but not the 11 she originally started sitting on.

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They usually stop laying when they go broody so that they don't have a staggered hatch. I would think another hen has been laying in the nest. I would remove any eggs that are added but not the 11 she originally started sitting on.

Good luck with your hatch fl.gif


Agreed and I'd also mark the original eggs to prevent confusion.

 

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The weather is quite warm so she started hyper ventilating yesterday and got off the eggs and ran to dust bathe, I left her pen open so that she wouldn't get heat stroke, she sat on the eggs the whole night and now when I went to see her she is out dust bathing, the eggs are still warm tho
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I'd consider keeping the door open and letting her come and go as she pleases - she (should) knows what she's doing

 

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But what if the eggs get spoiled???
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She'll know how to keep the eggs the right temp.....if it's really hot out, she can get off them for longer.

Make sure there's enough ventilation around her nest.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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