Hoping a hen would go broody

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Newfarmer36, Mar 30, 2018.

  1. Newfarmer36

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    5 days ago, I decided to leave the eggs in the coop so that maybe one of my hens would go broody. I have 20 eggs in there so far that are in 3 different nest boxes. Since none of my hens are laying on any of them, does this mean they won't try to hatch them? And should I just take the eggs out?
     
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    Kessel23 Hi Bug

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    Hi Hannah
    I don't think they will set the eggs if they have already collected 20, maybe take them out and try again? I'm no expert so i'm not positive though.
     
  3. Newfarmer36

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    1 nest box has 9, 1 has 6 and 1 has 5.
     
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    Kessel23 Hi Bug

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    Ohhhhh I thought you ment 20 in each box :lol: all those numbers are somewhat low, they still could go broody.
     
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    Lol! When they go in to lay their eggs, they start pushing the other eggs under them so I thought they were going broody but when I go back to check if they're still there, they're not.
     
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    Kessel23 Hi Bug

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    I have only had hens go broody like 3 or 4 times but every time they did they had a clutch around 10 or 15 eggs. My hens push the eggs under them too when they lay, i'm not sure why they do it :idunno
     
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    I collect all my eggs and put about 10+ in one nesting box and with in a week one of my Muscovy girls go broody. I just swap out the eggs once the female has the fluffy nest going. Also must say I have Muscovy's, not chickens.
     
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    Lol. Then my hens aren't being nice.
     
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    It's driving me crazy! Lol
     
  10. ashlandco

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    Hello! I want broody hens too:lau I was wondering what breed goes broody more (if there is any):)
     

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