hen sitting

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  1. tashtash

    tashtash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Two of my hens are sitting. Only prob is the eggs are not fertile as I have no rooster. How do I take eggs there sitting on to replace with fertile ones I brought.
     
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    I would do it at night when they're not really aware of what you're doing - reach in, take the infertile ones out and put the others under them.
     
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  3. tashtash

    tashtash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I'm guessing there is a lot of eggs under them tho as I have not been able to take off them both for about 4days now
     
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    You can do it without taking them off the nest. Just reach in under them. If you're worried about getting pecked, wear gloves and long sleeves - maybe a sweatshirt or jacket.
     
  5. tashtash

    tashtash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok and by me taking them away to put fertile ones there it won't make them stop sitting.
     
  6. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope...an egg is an egg is an egg
    Just like the other poster said, do it at night, If I need to do anything with my chickens I wait til they are good and settled, around 10 or 10:30 pm
     
  7. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, a good broody will sit on one egg like its a nest of gold, you do not have to replace egg for egg, thankfully Hens cannot count, so if they are sitting so good I would just reach in take what she has and then put the fertile ones under her, then move on to hen #2 but make sure you get all the infertile eggs, I had my husband lift Momma off the nest and hold her to make sure I got them all.
     
  8. tashtash

    tashtash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks it's the first time there sitting for a long time I'll do it tonight
     
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    tashtash Chillin' With My Peeps

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