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Broody Hen question.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by indigo flats, Feb 7, 2017.

  1. indigo flats

    indigo flats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many eggs will a hen lay before she sets them? I seen a hen bee line to a hidden nest so I am thinking she is going to go broody. She has been laying in the nest box in the hen house then I noticed she wasn't laying in there anymore and decided to watch her I found her hiding spot. Haven't look in for eggs yet.
     
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  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

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    Depends on the hen. Some lay 12+, others are happy with 4 or 5.
     
  3. indigo flats

    indigo flats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's a very nice formed hest circular with some depth it ihas 2 eggs right now hidden somewhat you would have to be looking for it to find it. I am wondering now how to keep predators from finding it. She must have laid one egg yesterday day because she slept in the hen house last night when I let them out this morning she bee lined straight to it that's how I know where it was.
     
  4. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

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    You could put the nest in something like a cat carrier in the same place in the yard and make it all comfy. At night, lock it. That would be safer than it sitting out there exposed to the rain and predators.

    You are hoping she goes broody on it?
     
  5. indigo flats

    indigo flats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if I disturb it will she abandon it?
     
  6. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

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    Maybe, maybe not. It's hard to say for sure. I'd let her lay one more day on it, then put a carrier (or something) there. If it's in the same spot, and she likes it, she'll go back.

    If you are hoping she goes broody there, don't be surprised if something goes wrong. It's easy prey for predators, and you could lose her or the eggs.
     
  7. indigo flats

    indigo flats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do not believe snakes are out yet but coyotes are plentiful here. I was thinking human urine would possible keep the coyotes away.
     
  8. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

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    Don't know, I don't have experience with that.
     
  9. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    If she is going broody the chances of you changing her mind are slim.....lol......set up a pen for her in your garage or a shed and have enough room for food and water... Build her a nest and put her eggs in the nest...She will lay or start setting? Then you will have her confined and safe the entire time she sets and hatches.......



    Cheers!
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Just because she's laying in a range nest instead of in the coop doesn't mean she going to go broody.
     

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