Originally Posted by thebulg
Hey all, we have a hen who adamantly sought out an isolated laying spot about a month ago (we tried to get her back in the coop, then tried to just make the spot she was in comfortable, and she moved 3 times until we left it alone). I mark the eggs she lays and take them out about every 6 day, so she has between 6 and 12 eggs all the time. 2 days ago she got on the eggs at 4pm and stayed on until after dark, so i assume she stayed on all night. The next day it DOWNPOURED and she left her nest for the entire day. She was out by 645am. She didn't get on it that night. Today she got on for almost 3 hours, and then off for i dont know how long, and she is back on and in for the night.
Question one: are the eggs bad? The ones she sat on for the night? Question 2: is she trying to gobroody? Can it just take her a few days to ease in and figure it out? She would be the first in our flock to ever do it. I could put some eggs from the other girls under her to replace the ones that might be bad. I'm confused by her!
She's just having fun and laughing at you Lol. Sometimes people tend to over think things. I would just leave her alone, she probably knows what she's doing and she probably doesn't want your help. Here's a couple pictures of my silkies that brooded eggs last year. There were two of them laying eggs in the same nest box, and when they decided they had enough eggs the one started sitting while the other one kept laying eggs in the nest. Once the second one decided it was enough, she snuggled in with the other one and they both sat together. If you notice the picture of the eggs, they are absolutely filthy, you would think that they were just wasting their time. I don't remember the exact number of eggs that were in the nest, but it was around 28 eggs. During the time they were sitting they would occasionally push an egg out of the nest from time to time, which I would dispose of. Three weeks later they started hatching, one of them left the nest with 13 babies in the other picture. The other hen kept sitting on the rest of the eggs, and a few days later she came out with 8 more chicks. A total of 21 little silkies. I'm not a chicken, so I don't question what they're doing, because obviously they know, and that's all that matters. My suggestion would be to let her be, once she gets settled in on her own, she will protect her nest and let you know that she doesn't want you messing with her. She'll be happy to introduce you to the babies when she's ready. I believe in the hands off approach.