Broody hen doesn't stay her nest all the time?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cathydyson, Sep 29, 2014.

  1. cathydyson

    cathydyson In the Brooder

    Jan 13, 2014
    I have a broody hen that comes out of the nest more often than a broody hen would. We are about to give her some fertile eggs to hatch for the first time, is it dangerous for the eggs if she is not sitting on them all of the time?

    She is coming off her nest 3-4 times a day. She spends the rest of the time puffed up and growling while she sits on some eggs.
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.

    How long is she off the nest at a time? What is the weather like where you are? If she's off for short periods at a time, I don't think it's going to hurt anything. Especially if it's warm or hot where you live.
  3. RileyCalanchini

    RileyCalanchini Chirping

    Mar 26, 2014
    If she's getting up 3-4 times a day, I wouldn't put any eggs under her. You wouldn't want the fertile eggs to go to waste.
  4. RileyCalanchini

    RileyCalanchini Chirping

    Mar 26, 2014
    Your right. How long does she stay up?
  5. Rhandi74

    Rhandi74 Songster

    Mar 31, 2014
    East TN
    My broody hen gets up off her nest more then once a day when the weather is warmer. Today she got up twice that I saw and was stretching her legs and taking a dust bath for about 10 min. or longer. She does not leave the nest at cooler times and we had a few cooler days and I did not catch her off the nest at all. I trust my hen she has hatched chicks in the past and out of the 12 duck eggs she started with only one was not developing. The hatch date is Oct 13. You could always give her 2-3 and see how she does and put the rest in the incubator.
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2014
  6. BroodyKing

    BroodyKing Hatching

    Sep 30, 2014
    Hie people,i have many eggs fertile eggs &Dawn my hen has bin incubating her eggs well for the past week and a half but now my other hen Helibow has her own clutch and she's eating em,she's been doing This for a while but i want to save the eggs for hen incubation,Dawn is good with incubation but she already has her own clutch & of the entire flock she's the only broody so far.

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