Broody hen on eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jzuhde, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. jzuhde

    jzuhde Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a hen that is laying on some eggs. It started with two now there is 6. I think she may have stole a few from my other hens. I also noticed a few have been going in there an laying their eggs like almost on top of her. Will the new ones still hatch or will she get up after the first two hatch? I think I may need to mark what she has so I can pick up the others? Can I mark them? If anyone could help me or have any suggestions please let me know [​IMG] I have never had a broody hen she is my first

    Thanks
    Jen
     
  2. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    Hi Jen, [​IMG]

    There is a lot of information on caring for broody hens already written in previous threads, do a search when you have time. Ideally, you need to separate the hen from the others, either by making a barricade around her or moving her (after dark) to her own private quarters. She'll just need room to get up and eat/drink/poop each day. It's not the best circumstances to have other hens going in to interrupt your broody, or to give your broody opportunity to get misdirected on her way back from her daily break and go to set in a different nest.

    Mark the eggs she has under her now and remove daily any new ones placed there. Each egg begins to develop when the hen gives them constant moist heat and should hatch 21 days later. If new eggs are placed after others have already begun to develop then they will hatch later than the older eggs. This may be a problem in 3 weeks, the hen will want to take her older chicks out to eat & scratch and leave any unhatched eggs in the nest.

    Another thing you can do is to try to move her into private quarters, leave her there for a day or two to make sure she'll stay there, and then remove all the eggs from under her and replace them with a fresh clutch of fertile eggs that will all hatch at the same time.
     
  3. jzuhde

    jzuhde Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much for the information. I will search other links. [​IMG]
     

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