How long will a hen stay broody b4 eggs are introduced & then after?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by TrinaNZ, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. TrinaNZ

    TrinaNZ New Egg

    Sep 28, 2011
    Hi. I'm new here and have a question for all you experienced chicken hatchers please.

    We have a beautiful bantim who has always been very quick to go broody and takes a loooooonggg time to stop being broody. We've decided going into spring this time to try and hatch some eggs with her. Unfortunately she's gone broody a couple of weeks before we are able to set the eggs (otherwise we'll be away when they hatch).

    We have put her into her own house/run and given her some golf balls to sit on. But won't be able to get real eggs for another 10 days.

    But is this the right thing to do? Will she stay broody right through to when she gets the eggs then hatch them?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


    PS: We used to have half our flock bantims and the other half brown shavers (they're now mostly brown shavers), but are not adverse to having other chickens. What do brown shavers look like as chicks? And what type of chicks are the 'typical' yellow fluffy chicks? TA!
  2. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

    Jan 5, 2011
    Hickory Flat, MS
    The odds are slim... But then again, it depends on the hen... Some are absolutely determined, while others will give up after 21 days of sitting in one spot... It is all chance... [​IMG]

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