Brooding, Hatching, how does this work?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by moonlitfarms, Sep 10, 2007.

  1. moonlitfarms

    moonlitfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have a hen go broody on an egg, will she keep laying eggs the entire time she is setting or will she lay a few then stop? I have hesitated to ask the question and tried to find it on here but no luck.
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    She may lay an egg or two at the very beginning of her broody spell, but once she stops laying, that is when she's down for the 21 days or so it takes to hatch the eggs.
     
  3. moonlitfarms

    moonlitfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So if I just leave the eggs she "might" start setting? Right
     
  4. Krazy

    Krazy Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah. She will probally lay more eggs before she starts sitting.
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    OR, she may never go broody at all. Most hatchery birds seem to have this bred out of them in favor of high egg production.
     

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