broody

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by worms7, Aug 13, 2016.

  1. worms7

    worms7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My broody hen is sitting on 9 bantam eggs they were due to hatch 3 days ago & this Morning I checked and only 3 eggs are left would it be rat but no brocken eggs can rats take whole eggs from under a bird
    cheers Phil
     
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  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Rat or snake can do it. Also, if eggs are busting hens can vary greatly with respect to how thoroughly they clean up by eating egg shells. Does the hen and nest site have an offensive smell?
     
  3. worms7

    worms7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes it did have a smell the other day
    cheers
     
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    It is likely hen herself consumed missing eggs. If she is now four days overdo, then initiate procedure to break her of broody cycle or give her newly hatched chicks.
     
  5. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    For what ever reason the eggs were either not fertile or viable. It is quite common for hens to consume non-viable or infertile eggs. Tell us, is she in a place where no other hen can interact with her?

    Jealousy is another big reason to keep a sitting hen separated from the rest of the flock.
     
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  6. worms7

    worms7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes she is separate from the rest
    so no other chickens can get at
    her
    cheers Phil
     
  7. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    The reason I asked is because sometimes two hen can get into FIGHT over which hen a nest belongs to. In these cases the hens don't stop ahead of time to think about what is going to happen to their eggs.
     
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