How do I make my hen lay on her eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lobee, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. Lobee

    Lobee In the Brooder

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    Well I have one last hen and the Roo got killed from my GSD Yesterday so unfortunately Its very sad sense this is my first brood of chickens that I raised. Now I have to work with what I have, which is trying to make my one hen broody so that way I have a chance with the fertile eggs that the Roo fertilized before he died last night. Please give me tips. She has never laid on her eggs so she is a newbie. O yeah how long are the eggs fertile after the last insemination, a week?
     
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    You cannot MAKE a hen broody. She either does it, on her own, or she doesn't. It's hormonal.
     
  3. Armageddon

    Armageddon Songster

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    Can you incubate her eggs?
     
  4. Lobee

    Lobee In the Brooder

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    Well that stinks. I always took the eggs away asap so I never gave them a chance to nest. I let her keep her egg yesterday, she rolled it multiple times and stood there looking down then tried to lay on it for five minutes then she got up again rolled it again. She looks confused. She got up after that and that was that. I never had any luck incubating.... they always died on me so I figured I would try to have the hen do it this time.
     
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2010
  5. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Songster

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    From what I've read here on BYC, a hen can remain fertile for about 2 weeks after she's successfully mated.
     
  6. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Songster

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    About 2 weeks is right. I always use about 6 golfballs to smoke out a broody. When she sits on them for about 3 days, shes ready. Then I just give her some eggs.[​IMG]
     
  7. Lobee

    Lobee In the Brooder

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    S. sussex can be broody so I am really hoping that she goes broody. Well sense I cant make her go broody, are there things I can do to help? Like leave the eggs where they lay or put them in a nest? After so many hours do I just pick up the eggs so that she doesnt crack them?
     
  8. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Songster

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    I always collect the eggs that are laid and bring them in the house and put them in a cool dark place. When she lays one I will put in 1 or 2 golfballs. When she sits tight, I switch to the real eggs. That way I don't have any eggs get cracked by the hen.
     
  9. Lobee

    Lobee In the Brooder

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    ok. I understand what your saying. She lays one egg a day so I can store the eggs in a dry cool place for 24 hours and they will still be ok? Should I wrap them up in anything?
     
  10. Lobee

    Lobee In the Brooder

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    Quote:Alright well I think im understanding with your help. I only have one hen left so keeping her eggs away from her for a few days until she is broody worries me a little. Esp sense she lays one a day and now shes the only hen I can depend on....so I feel like im under a lot of pressure getting this right.
     

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