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    Broody hen sitting on fake eggs for too long

    Done. I'm from Israel, up until a few days ago it was one heatwave after another... Only in the last week it started to cool down.
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    Broody hen sitting on fake eggs for too long

    We have "stray" chickens in the neighborhood who decided to take over my yard. Chia was abandoned when she was too young to fend for herself so I took her in; the rest stick around because of the food. She sleeps outside on trees with the rest of the flock and occasionally comes inside for...
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    Broody hen sitting on fake eggs for too long

    Update: I waited till night time and then took her box away and put her with the rest of the flock. She was stubborn and tried coming back several times, and even stayed there all night, but I didn't leave her a place to sit in and eventually she cooled down. This morning she was much better and...
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    Broody hen sitting on fake eggs for too long

    She's been eating and drinking up until today. Today she would only drink water. Since she does not have a coop, do you think I can just remove the nesting box?
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    Broody hen sitting on fake eggs for too long

    Can I simply remove the box? She doesn't have a coop, I just put a cardboard box with some hay in it, on a plastic shelf.
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    Broody hen sitting on fake eggs for too long

    I've been treating her and the nesting box for mites so that shouldn't be a problem.
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    Broody hen sitting on fake eggs for too long

    I have a 6 month old hen who laid her first batch of eggs in a box I prepared for her. Since I don't want any more chickens, I took all the eggs and replaced them with fake ones. She's been sitting on them for a little more than 3 weeks. I thought that after 3 weeks she will get up if nothing...
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    Chick runs away from mother?

    Thank you for your answer. I'm still trying to think of a solution. They survived the night but I know they are nowhere near safe out there as long as they're on the ground. The "defected" one seems to be a healthy but slow-developing rooster, his feathers were always under-developed compared to...
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    Chick runs away from mother?

    There are no others and no coop... If there was one there probably wouldn't be a problem. The chickens are not mine, they are "stray" chickens that decided they like my yard. They hang around here during the day and leave when it gets dark. The adults go to sleep nearby because there are no...
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    Chick runs away from mother?

    ok, I think I understand what happened, and Chickens Really was close. The mother did not start to wean them - she abandoned them. Today she stopped answering their calls completely, and in the evening she left altogether. The two remaining chicks are inseparable. I believe she tried to get rid...
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    Chick runs away from mother?

    Update: the chick was edgy and frightened all day, but it seemed that he calmed down a little and he finally went to sleep with his family. He was also suddenly afraid of me today, so I'm guessing something happened last night or early this morning that scared him in general, perhaps someone...
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    Chick runs away from mother?

    Pain is an option, though he looks fine... The new feathers seem to be normal and there doesn't seem to be a problem with the wing itself.
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    Chick runs away from mother?

    It doesn't look like it though, she is still calling them for food and the other chick is constantly by her side...
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    Chick runs away from mother?

    One of the neighbourhood's hens is raising her chicks in my back yard. They are now 5 weeks old and there are only 2 left (out of 10. The picture was taken 10 days ago when there were still 3). One of the remaining chicks had something weird going on with his wing feathers, they were crumpled...
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    Do hens wait for a specific clutch size?

    Thanks! actually I took out the first egg, because it was in a weird place and exposed to sun, but then I put a box in there and something on top for shade, and the next day she laid another egg even though there were none in there. So I don't know if she needs the fake ones, but I'll get some...
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    Do hens wait for a specific clutch size?

    Does it matter how many fake eggs I leave in there? If I keep taking them, will she keep laying non-stop? Will she be distressed?
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    Do hens wait for a specific clutch size?

    Thanks for your answer. I know a lot of chickens don't get broody, but I read that when they breed among themselves they start to go back to their natural tendencies. And since one of the hens already came back with chicks, there's a chance this one will get broody too. Yes, they live in my...
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    Do hens wait for a specific clutch size?

    Hi chicken lovers. I have 1 rooster and 3 hens who decided to adopt me several months ago. They are coming to my back yard every day and leave when it gets dark. About 10 days ago, one of the hens started to lay eggs in a specific spot. I put a box in there for her and she lays an egg almost...
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