chickens eating fertilised eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by athena briggs, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. athena briggs

    athena briggs Hatching

    Jul 3, 2011
    hi, i'm new to the world of chickens and we love them but our bantum hen has been broody we got fertilised eggs and the other 5 hens have started to eat them and push the bantum off egg sitting we tried to seperate the bantum but she was not happy why do the chickens eat the eggs and how is the best way to stop this there is more than 1 hen eating the eggs what would anyone reccommend its our first time trying to hatch chicks before the bantum was broody they were all happy out any ideas would be appreciated:)

  2. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet 9 Years

    May 6, 2009
    Vail, Arizona
    Hello! Well, it really doesn't matter if she doesn't like it, move the bantam away from the other birds ASAP. she will be mad for about an hour or so, than settle down to sit on her eggs.
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] Allowing other hens access to a broody hen gives rise to a myriad of problems. It is best to move the broody or make arrangements so that the other hens can not access her.

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