Broody hen but no eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by btxnew2003, May 12, 2011.

  1. btxnew2003

    btxnew2003 New Egg

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    Hey everybody,

    I am new here and have been a chicken mommy for a little over a year. I have 5 hens and 1 rooster, but have never had any hens brood. I finally have one brooding and got curious to see how many eggs there are. I have been so excited. I lifted her up and.......no eggs except the two wooden ones that have been in her nest box forever. They are definitely nice, warm and toasty, but I don't think they are gonna hatch. I feel so sorry for her. She will not leave those two wooden eggs. Is this normal? And, is it normal for hens not to want to brood. I have really been wanting some baby chicks. Any help will be appreciated.
    By the way, this is a Rhode Island hen. I have 3 RI hens, one RI/Americauna cross, one barnevelder and a barnevelder rooster. They are all 15 months old.

    Thanks for any help you can send my way (Texas)
     
  2. shuizar209

    shuizar209 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah its normal. Hen will sit on rocks, golf balls, ice cubes, and even air. Id replace the wooden eggs with some fertile eggs.
     
  3. btxnew2003

    btxnew2003 New Egg

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    Well, now my other problem. Since none of my other hens are brooding, I have no idea if I even have any fertile eggs. How do I know? I'm really not sure my rooster is really doing his "job", if you know what I mean. Is there an easy way to tell if any of the eggs they lay are fertile? I usually get anywhere from 3-7 eggs per day, which I think is good since I only have the 5 hens. Thank you for your help.
     
  4. cukooformarans

    cukooformarans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There's really no way to tell if they are fertile until the have been incubated or under a broody hen for a few days. HOWEVER, chances are good that you do have fertile eggs if there's a rooster in the pen. Replace the wooden eggs with real eggs at night, I would save about 2-3 days worth of eggs (maybe 1 dozen eggs). This gives momma hen time to get more serious about setting and allows for more eggs.[​IMG] Just make sure you store the eggs pointy side down while you wait, most people suggest turning them a couple of times a day. Good luck!!
     

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