Broody hens sharing the same nesting box What now

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sandy sea, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. sandy sea

    sandy sea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2008
    Gavilan Hills, CA
    I have seven nesting boxes, but only three are used. I now have three maybe four broody hens not sure. Trying to watch and see who is really broody. They all have taken over the three boxes and I think two may be sitting on the same nest. They have been sitting for a few days. The other hens keep laying new eggs beside the broody hens. I was gone most of the day yesterday and come back to one of the nest boxes with about 16 eggs in it. How many eggs should each hen be able to sit on? If I have two broody hens on just one nest do I let them sit together? I was reading that I should move the nests and broodys at night is that correct?
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    You are lucky that three are getting used. I have 16 layers and they all share two boxes. I have found 11 eggs in one box before. It is normal for them. Just one more quirky thing that makes them so special.
  3. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    I would say move the broody hens now
    it really won't work as they need be in seperate cages or pens so they will tend the chicks
    they will fight over the chicks and may cause killing some chicks
    I would think you need to gather eggs more often
    other wise you eally don't know what eggs are fresh
    Do you have rooster with them?

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