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young hen broody again!

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In October my about 6-7 months old bantam decided to sit on eggs. Unfortunately eggs were either infertile or stopped developing quite early. Nevertheless she sat on eggs for about 25-26 days. I got a rooster just this summer and I haven't experience with broody hens or hatching yet, so I didn't interrupt much, but I did candle the eggs then and after some 10 days of hatching it seemed there is no development... But the hen was very committed and I was busy and so it went until she gave up.

But now she is broody again!

There isn't even many eggs under her, just 3 and a golf ball. One of the eggs is hers, others she just rolled under her (I have only one large community nesting box).

I even don't know if the eggs are fertile, because it is winter here and the rooster is a Wyandotte (of unknown age).

Should I somehow stop the hen being broody?

I would like 2-3 chicks, but I don't want her to sit for nothing another month in case the eggs are not fertile/not developing again.

And the weather might get very cold for a long period (but it can stay around 0 Celsius until spring, I can never know).

What should I do?

Will she continue to get broody every second month?

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Broody hens will sit of fresh air - no eggs are necessary to trigger broodiness.

 

Here's a link to see if your cockbird is doing his thing - 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/16008/how-to-tell-a-fertile-vs-infertile-egg-pictures

 

http://horseshoe.two61.com/files/2013/04/fertile-eggs21.jpg

 

To break a bird from her broodiness - type "broody buster" in the search box. 

 

I'm not sure if she will continue with her cycle of broodiness, but I have a broody that goes broody every 2 weeks :he She drives me nuts! 

"The whole problem of the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." Bertrand Russell
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