hens breaking eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Fraoch21, May 29, 2011.

  1. Fraoch21

    Fraoch21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have 2 broodys sitting on 9 eggs each(3 hen, 3 crested duck, 3 call duck) and it is now a week and a half before they hatch but they keep smashing the eggs, there are now only 2/6 call duck eggs left and 5/6 crested left and 4/6 hen left ? why do they keep smashing them up, im really annoyed since i spent a lot of money buying the eggs and they just keep breaking them! i now have a free bator, would it be safer to put the remaining eggs in there?
     
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  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Is each broody hen in a seperate nest or are they brooding together?
     
  3. Fraoch21

    Fraoch21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they used to be in seperate nests but i posted something on here before saying that the hens managed to move themselves and their eggs out of their nests so they could sit beside the door and with each other. when they were getting the eggs out of the nest 2 broke and they keep moving about
     
  4. uncle rico

    uncle rico Chillin' With My Peeps

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    time to fire up that 'bator and see if it works
     
  5. DinosRBirds

    DinosRBirds Hunted by Moonlight

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    Quote:use the bator!! [​IMG]
     
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  6. Fraoch21

    Fraoch21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    will i leave any eggs under them and if i dont, whats the easiest way to break their broodiness? thanks
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Do a search here on BYC, using the keywords "breaking broody". There's a ton of threads on the subject.

    If you want to let them continue, I would seperate them. I use dog crates, of which we have quite a few for some reason. Move them at night and lock them in, so no going back to former nests. Provide food and water for each one, of course.
     
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