Hen laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CountryBumpkin0710, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. CountryBumpkin0710

    CountryBumpkin0710 Hatching

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    My buff hen is sitting on a clutch of eggs during the day but won't sit on them at night. I'm not sure if she's brooding or what. Will a hen typically sit on her eggs at night or will she sleep elsewhere? Help!
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    A truly broody hen is on her eggs day and night.
     
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  3. pineapple416

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    Not sure why this is happening...I agree that a true broody hen will sit on her eggs almost 24/7 except for short breaks to eat/drink/go to the bathroom.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC @CountryBumpkin0710! You should gather eggs everyday. If she's spending all day on the nest there may be another problem...she may be hiding from bullies, or not feel well.

    Yes!...or sit on nothing all day and all night, truly broody behavior does not require eggs.
     
  5. CountryBumpkin0710

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    Well good news guys! Turns out she started laying all the time & I'm the proud momma of 4 new chicks!
     
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