Broody hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Tcollis, Nov 29, 2016.

  1. Tcollis

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    I purchased three hands on October 31. Two were six months, one was a year old. I have been getting eggs regularly from the one-year-old. For the last three days she has not left her nesting box and is sitting on one end. Is it possible that she is still fertile? She is a fairly new chicken so I don't know her inns and outs yet. She is a Turken. If that makes a difference. Should I take her egg away from her? Or should I just leave her to sit on it. I am very new to the chicken brew Any help would be appreciated
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] The egg might be fertile if she was with a rooster when you got her. Hens retain high fertility for 2 weeks, moderate fertility for 3 weeks, and occasional fertility up to 4 weeks after removal from a rooster. That egg is on the outer limits. Let her incubate it and candle at 7 days if you want a chick.
     
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    Thx. If she wasn't doing well would she kinda have the same symptoms? Not wanting to leave nesting box cranky etc?
     
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    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Sometimes a sick hen will take up residence in a nest box, but generally they are lethargic and non responsive. If she is fluffing up and growling or screeching when you approach, she is very likely broody.
     
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    Yay thanks. I was worried
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Is she staying in the nest all night too....instead of roosting with her flock mates?

    You'll need to decide if you want her to hatch out some chicks, and how you will 'manage' it.
    Do you have, or can you get, some fertile eggs?
    Do you have the space needed? She may need to be separated by wire from the rest of the flock.
    Do you have a plan on what to do with the inevitable males? Rehome, butcher, keep in separate 'bachelor pad'?
    If you decide to let her hatch out some fertile eggs, this is a great thread for reference and to ask questions.
    It a long one but just start reading the first few pages, then browse thru some more at random.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/496101/broody-hen-thread

    If you don't want her to hatch out chicks, best to break her broodiness promptly.
    My experience went like this: After her setting for 3 days and nights in the nest, I put her in a wire dog crate with smaller wire on the bottom but no bedding, set up on a couple of 4x4's right in the coop and I would feed her some crumble a couple times a day.

    I let her out a couple times a day(you don't have to) and she would go out into the run, drop a huge turd, race around running, take a vigorous dust bath then head back to the nest... at which point I put her back in the crate. Each time her outings would lengthen a bit, eating, drinking and scratching more and on the 3rd afternoon she stayed out of the nest and went to roost that evening...event over, back to normal tho she didn't lay for another week or two.
    Water nipple bottle added after pic was taken.
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