Broody Bantam Hen (less than a year old, first time)


In the Brooder
5 Years
Mar 26, 2014
I have a Bantam Hen, unknown breed who has decided to sit on eggs. I can not reach the eggs, see how many she is on or try to relocate them. She has laid them under my chicken coop which is connected to a goat barn and I can not get to them. I honestly don't know if they are even fertile bc I have never seen the rooster on top of her.
I am concerned becuase I am a new chicken owner and she was under there all day yesterday, never saw her come out for food or water. It is possible she did, when I was not looking of course. Will she be ok, do they survive and thrive on their own???
Should i try hard to see if I can reach the eggs and relocate her to inside a chick brooder I have maybe? I don't even know if i can reach it, technically she has another week and a half.
Thanks for your help.


5 Years
Jul 14, 2014
Central British Columbia
I'd leave her, you can put food and water near by, make her scramble eggs or something. She'll be fine, in case the eggs aren't fertilized pay attention to the hatch date. My bantam mix sat 23 or so day and no one hatched so I moved her gave her more eggs and she sat another 21 ( large breed eggs ) hatched out one baby and was a very good mom with no help from me. Very persistent little bird, 44 days on eggs, I fed her lots of scrambled eggs! Best of luck. Post pics when they hatch please!

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