Broody hen laid an egg with 1 week to go before eggs hatch

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Penny Henny, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. Penny Henny

    Penny Henny New Egg

    Jan 26, 2012
    Hi, im new to looking after chickens....My bantam has been clucky and sitting on 6 fertalised eggs for the past two weeks, and with one week to go before they hatch, she decided to lay an egg??!!!! She has gone back and sat on them but i was wondering if the others will still hatch or if it means she is now gone unbroody? Thanks for your help :)
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    If other hens have access, you can about bet that another hen laid it. Either she got into the same nest or the broody moved the egg from another nest. If you know which egg it is, you should remove it, because it won't hatch. The mama will abandon it when the hatched chicks are several hours or a day old, and take the chicks out of the nest.

    A broody will lay an egg once in a while, but it's rare.

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