Eggless broody??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chicksducks1, Mar 30, 2017.

  1. chicksducks1

    chicksducks1 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 11, 2017
    Is it possible for a hen to go broody over other hen's eggs? My buff orpington seems to be sitting on everyone else's eggs and seems to be acting "broody". She recently has stopped laying for unknown cause, I'm wondering if this could be the reason why she's stopped laying? Thanks
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2017
    Yes that's why she stopped laying.
    Yes she can hatch other hens eggs.
    Good luck
  3. chicksducks1

    chicksducks1 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 11, 2017
    Thank goodness! I've been quite worried about her! Thank you so much!
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    A broody can go broody on any eggs... or rocks..... or nothing.
    She can hatch any hens fertile eggs.
    Yes, they stop laying when broody.
    If on the nest for 3 days and 3 nights, I deem them broody,
    and then either break them of their broodiness,
    or move them to the broody pen and give them fresh fertile eggs.

    You'll need to decide if you want her to hatch out some chicks, and how you will 'manage' it.
    Do you have, or can you get, some fertile eggs?
    Do you have the space needed? She may need to be separated by wire from the rest of the flock.
    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 a long one but just start reading the first few pages, then browse thru some more at random.

    If you don't want her to hatch out chicks, best to break her broodiness promptly.
    My experience went like this: After her setting for 3 days and nights in the nest, I put her in a wire dog crate with smaller wire on the bottom but no bedding, set up on a couple of 4x4's right in the coop and I would feed her some crumble a couple times a day.

    I let her out a couple times a day(you don't have to) and she would go out into the run, drop a huge turd, race around running, take a vigorous dust bath then head back to the nest... at which point I put her back in the crate. Each time her outings would lengthen a bit, eating, drinking and scratching more and on the 3rd afternoon she stayed out of the nest and went to roost that evening...event over, back to normal tho she didn't lay for another week or two.
    Water nipple bottle added after pic was taken.
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  5. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    I'm on mobile so rather than struggling through a long reply I'll just leave it at "what @aart said"

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