Can I take eggs and still get a broody hen?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kayleyl, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. kayleyl

    kayleyl New Egg

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    This is my first year having laying hens. I would like to hatch some naturally with a hen if possible. Can I continue taking out the eggs (before going broody) to eat, or do I need to leave them in the nesting box in order to make a hen go broody. Ideally I would like to continue eating the eggs until someone decides it's time to sit.
     
  2. Chicken Girl1

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    I would not leave your eggs in the nesting boxes, #1 they may go bad before any hens go broody, #2 leaving eggs in there won't necessarily make them go broody. What breeds do you have? Some tend to go broody more then others, but sadly there isn't any definite way to make a hen go broody :(.
     
  3. AmyLynn2374

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  4. kayleyl

    kayleyl New Egg

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    Have 2 silkie hens and an Easter egger x barred rock mix. I'm hoping one of the Silkies will sit from all that I have read. But I'm glad I want to take the eggs if they arent sitting. Will a hen sit on one egg? How will I know when to stop taking them?
     
  5. AmyLynn2374

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    A true broody will sit on nothing...lol When the hen sits and doesn't get up even to roost at night, you know she's broody. TSC sells porcelin/ceramic eggs that look real you get 2 in a pack for like $5. You can get a pack of those and leave them in the nest. You could use golf balls too.
     
  6. Chicken Girl1

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    x2 on what AmyLynn2374 said, also do you have a rooster? You can't hatch your own eggs unless you do but can buy fertile eggs.
     
  7. kayleyl

    kayleyl New Egg

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    Yup I bought straight run when I got the chicks so I have a couple roosters. Am planning on keeping hatched hens though so it ends up evening out with more hens

    Thank you so much guys!! I tried researching this all day yesterday and could not find an answer on it.
     
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    Your welcome and good luck with raising chickens![​IMG]
     
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