Broody hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ih66series, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. ih66series

    ih66series Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When a hen goes broody, how long will she stay that way? Can I order eggs online while she is broody and expect her to sit on them?
     
  2. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Someone told me her hen was broody for 7 weeks! The average, on fertilized eggs is 21 days, I have heard, but if the eggs are unfertilized they can die sitting on them, waiting for them to hatch, which isn't going to happen. Starvation, dehydration, constipation, and/or rooster mites can kill them. I have all these things to worry about right now, because my hen is under the house where I can't get her, gone broody on unfertilized eggs.
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I wouldn't order any eggs until she's been on the nest 2 nights. By the 2nd night, you know she's serious about brooding. And yes, she will sit on the eggs until something hatches - chickens can't tell time.
     
  4. ih66series

    ih66series Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the chance of a hatchery Silver Laced Wyandotte going broody?
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:Wyandotte's are a broody breed, so there's a possibility. [​IMG]
     
  6. ih66series

    ih66series Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I heard hatcheries breed broodiness out of them. That's why I was asking.
     

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