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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cinader, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. cinader

    cinader Hatching

    Oct 11, 2013
    Greenville S.C.
    Hello All from Greenville, SC. We've been homesteading for about five years now, and raising chickens for about six months. I like to write about my learning experiences in the garden and kitchen.

    This looks like a great place to get answers to questions. In fact I found it trying learn about what to expect from a broody hen. I seem to have a couple, now that they've started laying. So far I've been taking the eggs after they leave the nesting box. Now I'm going to try leaving the ones that get laid in the boxes, and just collecting the ones that get laid on the floor of the coop and the ground, and just see what happens with those.
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  2. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC!
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]Happy you joined!
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member 7 Years

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] If you leave the eggs they may or may not go broody and sit on them. I've had some success with this method, but it really depends on the hens. Some are easier to "catch" than others.
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging 7 Years

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    If you want to brood eggs, best to put marked eggs under a hen and check them daily. Other birds will get in the box and lay additional eggs, which will not hatch out at the same time, and the hen may end up with more eggs than she can cover, also affecting hatchability. If you have hens laying on the floor you may need more nest boxes.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture

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