- Sep 17, 2012
I have had my chickens for about seven months now and two of my chickens are relatively young and started laying eggs about a month or two ago. My third hen is the mother of one of the two chickens I just mentioned, and she has been laying for over a year. I have been hoping that I'd get a broody hen and that's what I thought I had gotten two days ago. One of the younger chickens had been laying on a clutch of seven eggs and she laid on them all through Sunday morning until Monday midday. When I came out to check on her on Monday, the other younger chicken had taken her spot and I can only assume that she was laying another egg because all three of my chickens lay in the same spot. So I am not sure if the other chicken kicked out my "broody" hen or if she wasn't even broody to begin with. So then, last night I went to check again as I was locking them up and the older hen was sitting on the eggs. She is still sitting on them now, but I am really confused, is she broody? Did she kick the other chicken off of the nest? Any answers would be great! And yes, the eggs are most likely fertile. Also, if she is broody, how many eggs should she be sitting on? (because I don't want her to get in over her head) Thanks again!