Does a broody hen mean...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Crow-ded house, Mar 31, 2018.

  1. Crow-ded house

    Crow-ded house Songster

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    Does a broody hen mean there are fertilized eggs? My ladies will lay eggs and ignore them but now I have a little yellow girl that does not lay eggs but lately she has taken to never leaving the nest as she lays on her run mates’ eggs. The little brown one lays egs but did not brood on them until just last week and now both are not leaving the nest. Poor Mr Toughie is going crazy making sure I do not disturb them when I go deal with the rabbit.
     
  2. Kessel23

    Kessel23 Hi Bug

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    Hi Hannah
    A hen can go broody if the eggs are not fertile, I assume Mr Toughie is a rooster, how many hens do you have?
     
  3. Crow-ded house

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    Mr Toughie ( little guy) has the yellow (Goldie) and the brown (Precious). Since the other 3 hens are big girls they hang out with Mr Spot.
     
  4. RWise

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    No it does not mean the eggs are fertile, however if you have a rooster they can be. Do you want chicks?
     
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    Yes we have a rooster and he has been “busy” with them. I would love chicks because they are different colors so that would be interesting what the little ones will look like.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Has she been on the nest for 3 days and nights...leaving the nest only to eat and drink?

    You'll need to decide if you want her to hatch out some chicks, and how you will 'manage' it.

    Do you have the space needed? She may need to be separated by wire from the rest of the flock, I highly prefer this method. I put her in a wired off area of the coop with some fake eggs until she settles again, then give her fresh fertile eggs. Then I don't have to worry about other hens laying in the nest or harassing her.

    Do you have a plan on what to do with the inevitable males? Rehome, butcher, keep in separate 'bachelor pad'?

    If you decide to let her hatch out some fertile eggs, this is a great thread for reference and to ask questions.
    It's a long one but just start reading the first few pages, then browse thru some more at random.
    http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/496101/broody-hen-thread
     
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  7. RWise

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    I agree with separating the setting hen/s from the flock, less frustration for the moma to be and way fewer wasted or broken eggs.
     

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