broody chickens

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mackenziesmomma, May 7, 2009.

  1. mackenziesmomma

    mackenziesmomma Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 7, 2008
    I have 2 broody chickens sitting on eggs. One is real nasty and I have a hard time messing with her eggs. I tried to mark them but the marks have worn off. What do I do? If an egg hatches, do I leave the others in there? How long? Should I separate the broody hens? Can they be together while separated?

    [​IMG] Jennifer
  2. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    A broody will stay on the eggs until she believes all the eggs that will hatch have hatched. Then she will position them under her while the chicks keep warm under her. When she moves off the eggs and lets them get cold that are done. Some times another chicken will lay in the broody's nest while she is taking care of business. That could be a week after she started to set.
  3. giasmom

    giasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    Woodville, Al
    Can they be together while separated?

    This is a question I am not about to try to answer.[​IMG]:lau

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