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Boody Hen or not

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Tony Al, Feb 7, 2015.

  1. Tony Al

    Tony Al In the Brooder

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    I have been confused by one of my hens. Sometimes she seems to be sitting - but then she seems to be out of the nest more than I think a broody hen would be. She seems to be in the nest more often than not. She even pecked at me once when I was checking to see if additional eggs were laid by other hens. But other times, she gets off the eggs and leaves the nest when I am checking for fresh eggs. I marked the 8 eggs I left there, and it seems that she must be turning them. I really can't tell if she is sitting or not.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

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    Is she staying on the nest overnight?
     
  3. Tony Al

    Tony Al In the Brooder

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    I believe she is. It seems she is there each night that I check.
     
  4. Tony Al

    Tony Al In the Brooder

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    Well it has been awhile now, but I am no longer confused. The hen I thought might be sitting eggs - isn't. But I have another that that definitely started a couple of days ago. I have a couple of ceramic eggs that I put in boxes where I wanted the hens to lay - that worked. I noticed one hen that had seemed to disappear into one of the boxes a couple of days ago. It was where I had the ceramic eggs. Thought she might have started sitting, so I went to get the fake eggs out. She is definitely sitting the eggs. She wouldn't budge, pecked at me when I tried to get the fake eggs, and then moved right back after I moved her off. I gave her a few more eggs to sit at the time.
     

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