hen still laying while sitting on eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by AjGotSWAG, May 17, 2016.

  1. AjGotSWAG

    AjGotSWAG New Egg

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    My hen got broody and we gave her 11 eggs and she sat on them. two days later we found that the number of eggs had increased from 11 to 13. I recognised the new eggs and removed them, the hen took no notice. Is this normal should i remove all the eggs? or should i let her be?
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    They usually stop laying when they go broody so that they don't have a staggered hatch. I would think another hen has been laying in the nest. I would remove any eggs that are added but not the 11 she originally started sitting on.

    Good luck with your hatch :fl
     
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Agreed and I'd also mark the original eggs to prevent confusion.

    CT
     
  4. AjGotSWAG

    AjGotSWAG New Egg

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    The weather is quite warm so she started hyper ventilating yesterday and got off the eggs and ran to dust bathe, I left her pen open so that she wouldn't get heat stroke, she sat on the eggs the whole night and now when I went to see her she is out dust bathing, the eggs are still warm tho
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    I'd consider keeping the door open and letting her come and go as she pleases - she (should) knows what she's doing

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  6. AjGotSWAG

    AjGotSWAG New Egg

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    But what if the eggs get spoiled???
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    She'll know how to keep the eggs the right temp.....if it's really hot out, she can get off them for longer.
    Make sure there's enough ventilation around her nest.
     

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