How does a hen ready her clutch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by joebryant, May 21, 2010.

  1. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    I had a hen that was hiding her eggs in the black poop catch box below the roost. I moved them into a nest box. Right this minute she's sitting in the next box, presumably to lay another egg. She's not acting broody; you know, all puffed up like she's looking for a fight.
    Am I wasting eggs letting her just lay, or do hens not act broody when they're getting ready to start setting?
    Also, if she sits on the eggs a lot of time, would they not start the "hatch" process ahead of eggs that she'll lay later?

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