In the Brooder
- May 3, 2012
I have my first broody hen and can't be more excited. She is 5 days into her first hatch and is a doll so far. She won't tolerate the other girls but will deal with me coming in for a minute or two. I would rather just let her be and do what she knows best but therein lies my problem. My little flock has 6 laying hens (including my broody, Turkey). They have 6 boxes to choose from and they all go for the same box! Every single time. Now that Turkey has laid claim to being the mama of the flock the others still want to do their egg laying in the golden box. So now Turkey is laying on about 10 eggs. I marked them so I can do a quick removal from here on out from each new lay daily. This is not going over well with her and I don't want to put her off the eggs. This is also resulting in the other hens breaking eggs as they have no class to leave Turkeys clutch alone. Has this happened to anyone before? How can I get them to lay in the other nests? Also as I said they have broken eggs in the hatching clutch, should I leave them be or wash them?