Does a Broody Hen Prompt Egg-laying By Others?

FormerCityGal

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I have five hens and for the past several months have averaged 2 to 3 eggs a day. A few days ago, one hen went broody. Since then, I have been getting 4 eggs a day. There is only one nesting box, so two cram in there when it's time to lay. No rooster. Does a broody hen prompt egg laying by the others or is that just a coincidence?
 

aart

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Probably coincidence.
How old are hens?
Is the broody staying in your only nest all day and all night?
Might want to add another nest.
 

FormerCityGal

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Hi aart,
I'd say the hens are all at least a 1.5 years old. Yes, she is in there day & night. I pull her out in the morning and put her out in the run to eat, where she perks up and feeds happily. Otherwise, she is in her zombie-state in the box. I can put another box next to it for the others - or try the Broody-buster idea.
 

aart

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Hi aart,
I'd say the hens are all at least a 1.5 years old. Yes, she is in there day & night. I pull her out in the morning and put her out in the run to eat, where she perks up and feeds happily. Otherwise, she is in her zombie-state in the box. I can put another box next to it for the others - or try the Broody-buster idea.
If you want her to hatch eggs for you, then give her some fertile ones.
If not, I'd go the Broody Breaker Crate route.
 

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