Hen won't stay on eggs at night

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Mshedleski, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. Mshedleski

    Mshedleski New Egg

    Feb 12, 2009
    I have a cornish cross hen that got really broody about a week ago. I gave her a handfull of golfballs in the nesting box and she sat right on them within half and hour. The problem is she sits all day and won't budge then at night hops up on the roost poles with the other three chickens. I assume she stays there until morning or some time during the night then gets down. I know for sure she is on the roost (off the eggs) from dust until about ten o'clock.

    Short of taking out the roosts and depriving the other chicken of them what can I do? Why won't she stay on the eggs/golf balls.

  2. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky
    Seperate her from the other chickens. Maybe you can rig up a litle tractor or seperate area for her. Or maybe you have a empty rabbit hutch or something similar.
  3. CTChickenMom

    CTChickenMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 5, 2009
    SE Connecticut
    Did she really go broody for sure? Don't they stay on the nest once they are truly broody? Somewhere here I read that one needs to make sure they are ready to sit on eggs but it sounds as though she isn't truly ready.
  4. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

    Mar 2, 2008
    Quote:If she is broody, she won't do this.
  5. okiehen

    okiehen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 25, 2007
    I would say she is not full out broody.
    If and when she stays at night , then she is in full blown broody.
    Then I would move her and give her good eggs.
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I would have to think she is not broody.

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