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Broody Hen with other hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kerriliane, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. kerriliane

    kerriliane Songster

    Sep 19, 2010
    Langley, BC, Canada
    I have a broody hen in a nest box in the coop and i swear the other chickens will only lay in the box she's in now!
    She has SO many eggs under her (shes a large hen - australorp i believe) that they dont all fit anymore!
    Yesterday I caught two hens in there with her.. I was wondering why I've only gotten 2-3 eggs a day this week...
    They lay them near her, and she pulls them under her!!
    I'm building her a proper nest house today, like I did my other broody.. But now how do I know which eggs to put in with her.. and which ones to leave out? She probably has 15+ under her and some she's been on for a week.. some only a day..... I try to give her treats but she goes alll velociraptor on me so I have to put my sleeve out for her to attack and use the other hand to help her get the eggs back under her after someone rudely lays an egg on her...

  2. kano

    kano Songster

    Aug 24, 2008
    Santiago de Chile
    Sorry. You have to throw out all, and put brand new ones.
  3. AllAlaskan

    AllAlaskan Chirping

    Jun 19, 2010
    Alaska, MatSu
    Quote:No affence but, LMAO I got a crack out of that comment.
  4. txcarl1258

    txcarl1258 Songster

    Sep 11, 2010
    I would take all the eggs and candle them. The ones that look the closest let her keep. You could let her keep as many as she can cover, but you will have a staggered hatch. If you have a bator I would take the unhatched eggs and stick the hatched chicks under at night. You need to take her out of the coop ASAP.

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