First Timer: Feed Question


In the Brooder
12 Years
Nov 13, 2007
Portland, Oregon
MY Buff Orp had gone broody several times this summer and I finally put some fertile eggs under her. This is day 12 and since then I have been hand feeding her in her box 1-2 times daily.

My question is, how does a hen have the ability to not get up to eat or drink on her own for the 3 weeks she is setting? Will she get too fatigued and die from not eating? I don't assume that all hens are hand fed while they are setting, like mine, but I hope this is not interferance on my part...

Any thoughts?


the bird is the word
11 Years
Sep 14, 2008
Adair Co., KY
Hens usually get off the nest at least once a day, to poo, and eat, and drink. You probably shouldn't feed her while she is on the nest. She really needs to get off the nest once in a while. If you feed her and water her on the nest, she might just poo in the nest, then the eggs will probably go bad.

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