QueenOfMyCoop

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'Chilly' isn't really a problem. Accessibility of predators to the setting hen is a problem. Can you protect the nest site from predators ? Moving the hen is an option, but frequently fails as most hens imprint on the nest site rather than on the eggs.
if i move her eggs will that mess things up?
 

sourland

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if i move her eggs will that mess things up?
It may. some hens will set in a new/enclosed environment if moved after dark. Others are more bonded to the original nest site than to the eggs, and may break broodiness. Generally calmer breeds (silkies, cochins) are easier to move. More flighty breeds are difficult to move.
 

QueenOfMyCoop

Chirping
Apr 26, 2020
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It may. some hens will set in a new/enclosed environment if moved after dark. Others are more bonded to the original nest site than to the eggs, and may break broodiness. Generally calmer breeds (silkies, cochins) are easier to move. More flighty breeds are difficult to move.
shes an easter egger
 

Chicalina

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First of all, do you want more chicks?

Secondly, how long has she been sitting on this clutch?

Options, depending on various things:

1. Put hen in coop, toss eggs (or eat if she hasn't been sitting longer than a day)
2. Move hen and eggs to safe place after dark. Either in a nest box in the coop or a separate cage somewhere safe. Broody hens don't care where they are put so long as they are on the eggs. They just wake up in a new place and get on with it.
3. Leave hen outside on eggs and risk her and eggs being eaten by an animal.
 
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