Brooder Sitting on Other Hen's Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Soonerchicksjk, Oct 28, 2015.

  1. Soonerchicksjk

    Soonerchicksjk New Egg

    Oct 28, 2015
    We have a brooder nesting in her box and when our other hens attempt to lay, they go into her box and lay their eggs and she scoots them under her to brood..Is this common ? What can we do to correct it and get the other hens to lay in their own boxes ? Thanks All !
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    That's exactly what they do. You can't really change it unless you put her in her own housing. The easiest technique is to mark the initial eggs with the lay date. Then remove any volunteers or there will be problems later.
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] Limit access to the setting hen. Other hens laying in the nest can result in cracked and broken eggs as well as a staggered hatch. All of this generally leads to a low percentage hatch rate.

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