How long does she set until she gets up and.......

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by funonahonda, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. funonahonda

    funonahonda Songster

    Apr 12, 2008
    Central Ohio
    One of our bantams laid 3 eggs and she was setting on them for a while but now she got up. How long will she stay off of them and so on so on??
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    Before she is done laying her clutch of eggs, our Jersey Black Giant hen can stay off the nest most of the day.

    After she has stopped laying, and is in that broody trance, she can stay off the nest as long as 30 minutes before she is back on it. Usually, she is only off long enough to poop, preen, eat and drink. The shortest time I've seen her off the nest is 5 minutes. She will take longer if she wants a dust bath. [​IMG]

    If this is the first time your hen has gone broody, she may have lost interest. I've seen that happen with some of our other hens.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2008

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