How long can a hen brood?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by riftnreef, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. riftnreef

    riftnreef Songster

    Oct 27, 2009
    Mechanicsburg, Ohio
    How long can a hen brood before it becomes detramental to her health? I have a serama hen that has been at it for a while, but the other hens keep laying eggs for her to hatch like some kind of foster mom. Any way, the way I have it figured, she will be brooding an extra 2-3 weeks to hatch all the eggs...will that cause a problem, or can I just keep putting more eggs under my natural incubator?

  2. cybercat

    cybercat Songster

    May 22, 2007
    Greeneville, Tn
    I hasd one go over months. She ate every moring when I opened the coop. So as long as yours is eating I would not worry.

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