Can I move my broody hen after she set?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickadee-23, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. Chickadee-23

    Chickadee-23 Chirping

    Jul 29, 2013
    South Carolina
    Im not sure if this where i should post this question. My bantam hen just started sitting 2 days ago, I'm building a new coop it be finish tommorow & i wanted to move her since the new one is more safe, how can i move her & eggs? (I will move them at night since its easier)And if i move her in new coop will she still sit on her eggs? Thank you!! :)

  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    Maybe, maybe not. Some hens are better about being moved/messed with then others. Most of my hens don't mind me moving them or checking under them for new eggs. But, a couple of them don't even tolerate me walking close to them while they're sitting. And moving them, not going to happen. They throw themselves against walls, scream their heads of and trample anything in their path, including eggs if they're there.

    As for where your little hen will fall? Thats something you'll have to find out for yourself.

    Good luck!
  3. aatx

    aatx Songster

    Mar 19, 2014
    Erath County, Texas
    I moved three this year so far. One did not work. Two others did.
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I have the big dog crate all set up the during the day, preferably in the coop where she's setting. Then at night in darkness, I go out with a tiny flashlight and move the broody and her eggs into the back of the cage with her preferred bedding, food, and water. She doesn't get let out until after hatch, unless she obviously gives up on the nest. Most often it does work, but not always. Mary
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    You could move her with the eggs...and if she doesn't stick with them or tramples them but goes back to broody, start over with new eggs.
    2 days is not much to lose, tho the eggs may be.
  6. Chickadee-23

    Chickadee-23 Chirping

    Jul 29, 2013
    South Carolina
    Ok thanks everyone for your advice, im try to move her & eggs if she dont go back to sitting on them i will just put them in my incubator, and let her start over either way the eggs will hatch! :)

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