Broody hen not sitting on eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Top Rooster, May 27, 2017.

  1. Top Rooster

    Top Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a broody hen who's been broody for a week on un fertilized eggs but I just got some fertilized eggs and I separated her into a large box with the nest eggs and food and water but she won't sit on the nest she just stands there puffing up and making broody noises
     
  2. firestomp

    firestomp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    give her a chance, you have upset her whole life right now. The infertile eggs you may as well pitch. If I move a hen or give her more eggs, I do it at night. she Stays calm, and doesn't seem to notice the change. Those fertile eggs will be just fine until she gets things figured out. Mine was on and off the whole time and she hatched every one. Problem was, other hens were adding eggs while she was out running around. She wound up with a total of 23 eggs, most weren't even fertile since I put that mean a-- rooster down. I got the fertile eggs from a neighbor. Just let it happen, you can't force her to sit.
     
  3. Top Rooster

    Top Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I turned her light off would she
     
  4. Top Rooster

    Top Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I got her to stay I turned the light off and put her on the nest and she stayed
     
  5. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Do the other hens have access to where she is? If so, did you mark the eggs?
     
  6. Petra Pancake

    Petra Pancake Chillin' With My Peeps

    I separated a broody hen from the flock about a week and a half ago. I had to move her during the day and she panicked at first and jumped around the cage. Then I remembered having read that broodies like dark, "secret" places. I put a thick blanket over the cage, leaving only a small "window" for ventilation. She calmed down quickly with that and sat on the eggs. Has been sitting on them ever since, in total "broody trance".
     
  7. Top Rooster

    Top Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I woke up this morning turned the light on and ther she was sitting on her eggs. Yesterday she was so stubborn that she stood in the nest she wouldn't even sit down
     
  8. chickjoy11

    chickjoy11 Out Of The Brooder

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    The visual of other hens adding eggs is just too funny! And 23 sounds like a huge pile for one hen to sit on!
     
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  9. firestomp

    firestomp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    good for you. you learn something every day. I am still learning and have done this all my life. 53 years old now and counting.
     

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