5 month old sitting on eggs and broody - What do I do?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by remadl700, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. remadl700

    remadl700 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Sliver Laced Wyandotte how is sitting on 10 eggs that are all obviously from her and the 4 other 5 month olds do to the size.

    My question is what do I do with her?

    Take the eggs away? Its hard to believe they would be fertilized but...
     
  2. sonjab314

    sonjab314 Constant State of Confusion

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    Do you have a rooster? Thay may very well be fertilized. If it were me, I'd let her set and see what happens unless you don't want more chicks. Then I'd take the eggs away and try to stop her broodiness.
     
  3. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see chicken salad in your future.
     
  4. remadl700

    remadl700 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Lov the avatar :+


    I think were going to let her sit them out. My issue is I think the others are litterally piling the eggs on her. My though was to go take a Black per pen and mark the eggs with dates. Any comments on this??
     
  5. newchik715

    newchik715 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that is a very good idea to mark them. You should decide on how many you are willing to let her have based off of how many she can reasonably cover versus how many new chicks you want. Pick out the number, mark em, and check everyday. Remove extras. How long has she been sitting on them? You could try candling to see if there are any viable eggs and keep those ones.
     
  6. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She will be quite capable of hatching them.
    A Brahma hen of mine went broody as soon as she started to lay and successfully hatched 3 chicks,


    sandie
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Mark the eggs so that you can remove the new eggs as added to the nest. Better yet, try to isolate the nest from the other hens.
     
  8. hennyjenn

    hennyjenn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have eggs from older hens, let her sit on them. Chicks hatched from pullet eggs are not as healthy and should be avoided.
     

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