broody hen stopped sitting...help!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by metchosinhens, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. metchosinhens

    metchosinhens New Egg

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    Hello friends, First time with a broody hen ive let her sit on a clutch of eggs in hopes of getting some chicks. Eggs are set to hatch around Friday and now all of a sudden hen doesn't want to sit on eggs any more and she wants out of her pen. What should I do? Put eggs under a heat lamp for a few more days? please help? Cheers
     
  2. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Either put her and the eggs in a small dark place so she has no choice but to sit (letting out to eat and drink of course) or pop them in your bra or underarm (whatever you have). You may want to candle the eggs to make sure they are good first as they usually give up when they are no longer good. Sometimes the eggs are good and that is when we need to step in. If this is her first time brooding I would give her another chance at brooding. However, if she has done this before I suggest taking measures to break her from being broody next time because you don't want her to give up on mothering too.
     
  3. Coopnana

    Coopnana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had same problem...we ended up moving to an incubator .. it was sort of a nightmare. How long has she been off of them? Maybe keeping her in a dark place and blocking her into the nest? We tried that w/ a dog kennel that we used for a nest. Just an idea.
     

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