broody hen behavior with eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Sharedspirit, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. Sharedspirit

    Sharedspirit Out Of The Brooder

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    Mar 19, 2008
    Doddridge County WV
    I have two broody hens so I decided to order some eggs and let them hatch them out. We needed to diversify our flock anyway.

    The eggs arrived and I marked 6 with a 1 and 5 with an X. Tonight, I go out to check on them and one broody hen had all the eggs in her nest and the second hen had none. Any suggestions?

    If I move the hens to another location, I don't know if they'll stay put on the eggs. I can't move the whole nesting boxes because they are attached.

    I suspected this was happening with the last batch we tried to hatch so I marked them this time.

    Last time I moved the one hen to a cage and she refused to get on the nest and pitched a real hissy fit!
     
  2. chickenlady

    chickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    I had two hens fighting for a nest of eggs, both were broody. I let them both keep sitting, they would take turns. When one got off, the other jumped on. I let this go on for 21 days. When all the chicks hatched, I picked one hen and put her in a crate with the babies. The other hen immediately was NOT broody anymore and went back to normal life. The hen I picked is now taking care of all the babies. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
     
  3. Sharedspirit

    Sharedspirit Out Of The Brooder

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    I didn't know hens would move eggs from one nest to the other. But that's exactly what she did! I left all 11 eggs under the theif tonight and will see where they are in the morning. Maybe they will take turns?
     

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