- Mar 8, 2013
I have a few questions. First off my hen is a 1 year old barred rock I'm not 100% sure if she is broody or not but I'm pretty sure she is she has been locked down on the nesting box for over 24 hours i haven't been able to she if she is staying on there at night because i work night shift but the day before yesterday i noticed she was in the box on about 6-7 eggs and was running the others off (they all like the same box even though they have seven to choose from) then yesterday morning she was sitting on them all sprawled out when i when to look at the eggs she started squawking and bit me HARD which is really unusual then so i left her alone thinking she may be broody so today when i got home she is still sitting and appears to have been there all night. If she wants to sit thats fine with me id love to see a broody hatch off her young but my question is should i try to move her away from the others i have 9 hens and a rooster the are in a 15x8 coop with a 20x20 run they dont free range. will the others bother her or the little ones if and when they hatch? also when will the rooster keep her from sitting if i leave her in the coop? he seems to be leaving her alone so far but its only day two. i dont want to try and move her and it break her. but then again she may not be in full brood either how can i tell is there a way? thanks for any advise.