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How can a hen go broody when their eggs roll into an angled layer box?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by robbiebobbie, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. robbiebobbie

    robbiebobbie Out Of The Brooder

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    I was watching my hens to see who is laying and who is not. I have Black Australorps, New Hampshires and Buff Orpingtons. Some of them wanted to keep the egg from rolling into the box where I collect them. So my question is: Does a hen go broody when they cannot sit on any eggs? Please help as they are now 9 months old and they say that these breeds go broody.
     
  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes they will. A hen will sit on nothing if she doesn't have an egg, a rock, a golf ball, a kitten or anything else to sit on.
     
  3. robbiebobbie

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    Oh, thank goodness! That is good to know. Thanks for the reply. I was worried about that after watching them.
     
  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Absolutely -- broodiness is a hormonal state and they can go broody on an empty nest, a non-egg object or a full clutch of eggs -- matters not to a hen determined to hatch chicks.
     
  5. robbiebobbie

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    Wonderful news!!!
     

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