broody hens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by speedabug, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. speedabug

    speedabug Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    how long do hens stay broody.
  2. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    If they have fertile eggs to sit on they will sit until all/most of the eggs hatch. That's 21 - 23 days, usually.

    If they don't have fertile eggs I've heard people here say that their hens have sat for over two months!!

    If you don't want her to hatch chicks I would suggest trying to break her of her broodiness. The suggestion that seems to work best is to put her in a wire dog type crate with no nesting materials, just food and water. Usually (that's the key word here), she'll stop her broodiness after a few days or a week.

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