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

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    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!

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    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.
     
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  3. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

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    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

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    what about the egg float test to see if there still pretty fresh ?
     

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