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Are my broody hens eggs supposed to lay from under her at times?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AAJ, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. AAJ

    AAJ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 21, 2011
    Sometimes when I go check on my broody hen one or two of the eggs are laying out from under her. Is this supposed to happen?
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2011
  2. bloom chicks

    bloom chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2011
    I'm new to this but I am pretty sure she is suppose to lay on them!

    BTW [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2011
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I'll bet you a quarter that egg isn't developing, and she senses it. So she pushed it out.

    Two OTHER possibilities:
    1) That egg was in the center of the clutch and got too warm, so she moved it out to cool a bit.
    2) There are too many eggs under her, she cannot cover them all.
  4. curious1969

    curious1969 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2011
    Northwest Montana
    Quote:X2 Have you tried candling the ones she pushes from the nest?
  5. Me & Jack

    Me & Jack Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    I had that happen once, too, with a silkie pullet. Don't think I ever figured out what the problem was but I took the eggs and tried to incubate it: DOA. [​IMG]
  6. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    I had a hen go broody so gave her about 15 blue EE eggs. In a few weeks the number had grown to about 40 eggs and she couldn't cover them all. However she never pushed any out, just too many to cover. (Other hens were adding to her clutch!) I let her decide which to cover as I already had plenty of chicks.

    If these eggs are important to you, you could put them in an incubator if you have one and see if they develop.


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