Broody Hen Thread!!!!!!

chicken farmer

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7 Years
Feb 7, 2012
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This is a thread about broody hens. Post any pictures,stories,questions, or anything about broody hens and have fun!!!
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pebbles7998

In the Brooder
6 Years
Mar 6, 2013
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I have a question, my broody hen is sitting on eggs all different stages as she is not the layer of the eggs, once some hatch (next few days) will she stay on others till they hatch?
 

chicken farmer

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7 Years
Feb 7, 2012
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Southern,Ohio
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I have a question, my broody hen is sitting on eggs all different stages as she is not the layer of the eggs, once some hatch (next few days) will she stay on others till they hatch?
She might come back the next day or two but once a chick or two hatch she will be pretty happy and will probably leave them
 

mvvs

Hatching
6 Years
Apr 27, 2013
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I have a broody hen and am seriously considering buying some fertile eggs (no rooster at home) to put under her... I can't easily separate her and would be chicks from the rest of my flock. Is it a bad idea to try to hatch eggs under her? And are there disease concerns for my other adult birds to consider when bringing eggs home from another farm?
 

chicken farmer

Songster
7 Years
Feb 7, 2012
1,505
87
184
Southern,Ohio
I have a broody hen and am seriously considering buying some fertile eggs (no rooster at home) to put under her... I can't easily separate her and would be chicks from the rest of my flock. Is it a bad idea to try to hatch eggs under her? And are there disease concerns for my other adult birds to consider when bringing eggs home from another farm?
You can put fertile eggs under her,and the disease would have to be real bad and serious to spread,i think it will be fine. And another choice is to just put chicks under her
 

mvvs

Hatching
6 Years
Apr 27, 2013
6
0
7
I guess I want to be neurotically careful with my current hens (especially a few favorites!) so I've always done the quarantine thing for at least 4 weeks when adding new members. I guess I'm concerned that eggs (and chicks especially) will bring some disease to my flock and decimate my lovely ladies.

Not sure what the disease status of eggs and day old chicks are but I guess I dont want the risk if there is a realistic chance that they all could become sick and die from fertilized eggs.
 

chicken farmer

Songster
7 Years
Feb 7, 2012
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87
184
Southern,Ohio
I guess I want to be neurotically careful with my current hens (especially a few favorites!) so I've always done the quarantine thing for at least 4 weeks when adding new members. I guess I'm concerned that eggs (and chicks especially) will bring some disease to my flock and decimate my lovely ladies.

Not sure what the disease status of eggs and day old chicks are but I guess I dont want the risk if there is a realistic chance that they all could become sick and die from fertilized eggs.
Yep,sounds good just to be safe cause i know it would be terrible to bring disease home to your flock
 

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