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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Supermommy486, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. Supermommy486

    Supermommy486 Songster

    Apr 8, 2010
    South Central Texas
    to keep the eggs warm? I walked out to the coop the other day and came upon this sight. [​IMG] I have since blocked off broody (The chicken on the bottom right) because they did knock an egg out of the nest. Still a sight though.

    Last edited: Nov 28, 2010

  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    It's a hen conven-tion!


    Pretty girls, all!
  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    What a great picture!!! LOL!!! The truth is they all know she is broody and are trying to push THEIR eggs under her to hatch. Silly birds.
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Now THAT is a pileup. [​IMG]
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop

    It's why I keep my nest boxes, laying areas no more than 12 X 12 X 12. Two will sometimes attempt it but not for long.
  6. Supermommy486

    Supermommy486 Songster

    Apr 8, 2010
    South Central Texas
    Thanks! And they were definitely giving her some 'extras' every once in a while. (Thank goodness I marked the original ones!) But I spoiled all their fun since I wasn't able to successfully move broody. [​IMG]
  7. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona

    A lot of times I see that hens encourage eachother to baceome broody. Perhaps its an instinctive strategy to ensure the protection of the eggs and chicks?


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