Found Brooding chicken had been hiding eggs- no rooster are eggs edibl

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mistols, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. Mistols

    Mistols Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 10, 2009
    Kaysville, UT
    My children found one of our hens in the very back of our backyard under a bush. She has about 15-20 eggs under her that she has been stashing away without our knowledge!! Now she is broody --sitting on them and won't move.

    What should we do next? Are the eggs still good? or should we toss them all? I read that if she stays broody we should put her is a wire cage. true or last method?
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Take the eggs away from her and return her to the coop. I wouldn't eat them, since some could be as old as 15 - 20 days old, but that's just me.
    If she won't break her broodiness, you may have to resort to isolating her in a wire cage with absolutely no nesting materials. The cool air flow under her bottom also helps to break her.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2009
  3. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 19, 2009
    You can break the eggs in a saucer before using them. If they look OK they are OK. If the yolk and the white all run together, toss 'em.
  4. moosenbudda

    moosenbudda Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 3, 2009
    So. cali
    what about the egg float test to see if there still pretty fresh ?

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