Eggs and what to do!

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by ajesus92, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. ajesus92

    ajesus92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recently save a poor hen that was mistreated, living in a cage stepping on her own pop. She was the only hen in the small cage with 6 rooster. Long story short, I bought her, clean her wounds on her back, and let her roam free in my backyard with my other hen. Two week later she starts laying an egg on a nest I built for some ducks, but she decided to make it her nest. I really don't know if they are fertile. But it been like this she lay one day the in two day lay another one, then again. Now she has 9 eggs but she never sit on them unless she goes to lay another one. Well my question is, is it okay for the eggs to be left alone like that. I prefer to never bother her nest, but I was wonder how does the whole, hen laying egg and hatching chick work?
     
  2. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's so nice that you rescued her and are giving her a nice life. I'm sure she's loving life now! [​IMG]

    It sounds like she's just using the nest as a place to lay her eggs - like a nest box in a chicken coop. If she's only there long enough to lay another egg then she's not broody (setting eggs to hatch). You can probably go ahead and eat the eggs she lays there from now on.

    When a hen goes broody she will usually stay on the eggs (or in the nest) all the time. She'll puff up and flatten out on the eggs whenever you go near.

    Best of luck!
     
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  3. Mehjr10

    Mehjr10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And typically the eggs she lays will only be fertile up to 20-30 days after being with a rooster. So dependent on the time frame they may no longer be fertile eggs.. Also dependent on the breed she may never go broody. So enjoy the eggs.
     
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  4. ajesus92

    ajesus92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So are you saying that if she wanted it too she would just lay an egg and not get of it ?
     
  5. ajesus92

    ajesus92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The first nest I've made for a bird lol don't judge![​IMG]
     
  6. ajesus92

    ajesus92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Her eggs[​IMG]
     
  7. ajesus92

    ajesus92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]
     
  8. ajesus92

    ajesus92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here her laying on the eggs at night, the chicken wire is to keep critters out! [​IMG]
     
  9. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Since she is not broody and sitting on the eggs I'd collect them. They will eventually just rot.
     
  10. ajesus92

    ajesus92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not a fan of egg as my family, but they won't be back till next month. I
    Until then I will let her stay with those egg until they smell rot then ill throw them away. Or when my family get back so she can start laying new egg.
     

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