Broody hen issue (left eggs for a few hours)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Nikki28, May 19, 2010.

  1. Nikki28

    Nikki28 David Bowie is my co-pilot

    745
    0
    139
    Dec 15, 2008
    I am dealing with my first broody hen. She had been sitting/setting(?) on the eggs for two days when I moved her into a set up area about 10 feet from the coop. I moved her at night and checked on her an hour later she was asleep on the nest and seemed fine. I'm assuming as soon as the sun came up she left the nest and headed back to "her nest" the eggs were cold when I moved them back under her this morning. I'm assuming she was off for about 3 hours.

    Is it worth it to let her continue with the eggs or should I put fresh ones under her?

    Thank you!
     
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    17,687
    507
    461
    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    It's fine. It's warm or hot by you. I hatched an egg that was in the fridge all day, and also hatched 8 that were in the outside trash all day at 50 degrees.
     
  3. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Virginia
    Agree, the eggs should be fine. Broodys are stubborn. Is it possible to leave her where she is until they hatch?
     
  4. Nikki28

    Nikki28 David Bowie is my co-pilot

    745
    0
    139
    Dec 15, 2008
    Thanks for the quick response. I hope all goes well with the hatch.

    I guess I will leave her be, I moved her after reading about other hens bullying more timid broody hens and am concerned about the others hurting the babies when they hatch and I also wanted to make sure she had easy access to food and water. The hen is being pretty nasty this morning and growling at me and any other hen near her so hopefully that means she'll be fine where she is. The other girls seem to be using the box furthest from her to lay anyway.

    Have any of you ever just left a broody in the laying area? [​IMG] Thanks again. I'm a little nervous about everything. [​IMG]
     
  5. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    17,687
    507
    461
    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Yes, I have left them till I see chicks come out from under her. With my silkies, I leave them all together because the girls just seem to all want to mother them
    Growling is a good sign!
    Oh, if you leave her with the others, mark the hatching eggs, cause chances are the other chickens might lay eggs with the hatching eggs!
     
    Last edited: May 19, 2010
  6. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    17,687
    507
    461
    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    You can leave food and water right within reach.
     
  7. Nikki28

    Nikki28 David Bowie is my co-pilot

    745
    0
    139
    Dec 15, 2008
    Thanks!! I will mark them tonight while she is sleeping. I put some water by her this morning so I will move food as well.
     
  8. bad

    bad Out Of The Brooder

    14
    0
    21
    Feb 26, 2010
    I have a broody silkie that I let her keep several eggs to hatch. I marked the one for her and take all the others since the other hens try to lay in the same nest. She seem to be doing fine.
     
  9. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    22,034
    620
    448
    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    They will be fine. Happened to me before and all of them hatched.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by