How long will broody hen sit??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by anschuck, Jul 21, 2007.

  1. anschuck

    anschuck In the Brooder

    Jul 4, 2007
    So. Maine
    Does anyone know how long a hen will stay broody? I bought some
    eggs to put under one of my hens thats been broody for about a month
    now. I want to make sure she'll stay on them until/if they hatch.
    Thanks for any info.
  2. jimnjay

    jimnjay Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    Some have been know to stary on an empty nest for several months. Give her the eggs she will most likely stay put and raise some nice babies for you. The problem with broodies I have found they sometimes have a hard time settleing in and may leave early on. In your case it sound like your girl is entrenched.
  3. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Songster

    Jun 8, 2007
    kemp texas
    i agree just put some eggs under her she will set them good luck
  4. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    I have one white silkie that has been broody since early April. She is four years old and gas hatched many chicks, very few are hers. To keep her broody I place a plastic egg in her nest if I don't have any eggs for her to sit on. She come out two or three times a day to eat and drink and poop. Then it is right back to the nest.

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