Gettign your hen to sit?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Brian461, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. Brian461

    Brian461 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok i have a hen that is laying eggs i was taking them but now i am leaving them there to see if i can get them to hatch. But she is about 2 yrs old, is she to old to be sitting. There is 7 eggs in her nest right now how many will she lay before sitting on them.
     
  2. MsBentleyboy

    MsBentleyboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some hens aren't broody, meaning they lay an egg and get up off their nest. What breed is she?
     
  3. ncgnance

    ncgnance Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can't make a hen set. That's something they decide to do. If she isn't broody, you can't do anything to make her.
     
  4. MsBentleyboy

    MsBentleyboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Perhaps you could get a hen that is broody. Some hens will lay on eggs that aren't their own.
     
  5. Brian461

    Brian461 Out Of The Brooder

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    this is the hen. I go out there everyday to see if she has layed anymore eggs or to see if she is sitting, but everytime i go out there the eggs are being moved around. I don't know if that means anything but she is moving them.
     
  6. ncgnance

    ncgnance Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She really does'nt have a broody look to me. My buff orphington gets a total different look, mad, puffed up, grouchy. Does your hen set on the eggs for a long time? Does she come out only to poop and eat? And when she does poop does it smell really bad, a big glob? These are the signs of a broody hen.
     
  7. Brian461

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    the only time i see her sitting is when she is laying eggs, and thats around 12pm-3pm but other then that she is walking around eatting, and at night they have a tree that they sleep on every night. So i think i am wasting eggs bc i dont think she is going to sit.
     
  8. shastagoose

    shastagoose Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey, you can have mine... all she does is sit sit sit.....[​IMG] I can't get her off the nest. Can you say.... Chicken Codon Bleu? [​IMG]
     
  9. ncgnance

    ncgnance Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think you're right, don't waste any more eggs. She's not in the mood to be broody. And like I said, you can't make her want to set. Now, if I could, I'd send you my Buff. She is determined to set...LOL
     
  10. kellim

    kellim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, you can definitely tell when they are going broody! My BO gets MOODY and walks around with her feathers all puffed out and dares you to come near her nest! Thank goodness she just hatched out those eggs, I am ready for her to calm down a little!!!
     

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