how many eggs could a broody bantam hen sit on?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickie'sMoma, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. Chickie'sMoma

    Chickie'sMoma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    Rochester, NH
    i am just curious how many eggs a broody bantam hen could possibly sit on?

    i have bantam frizzled cochin hen i bought back in May and i have only had 3 eggs out of her since, all within the 1st month i had her-none since. i thought she might have been in a moult when i got her because she was so thin in the feathers and now she's beautifully fluffy again, but she still hasn't given me any eggs.

    now i've noticed that she seems interested in grabbing the eggs from my hand when i've shown the other girls' eggs to see her reaction. (some of my other girls have started laying in the last month, others i'm still waiting on.)

    i have thought about giving her a few eggs to try and hatch but i am just curious as to how many i could give her without over burdening her since she is a small bird and it is starting to get cold in our area. my current laying pullets at this time are all bantams so i am looking at giving her small eggs.
     
  2. ellieroo

    ellieroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The biggest batch for me was 13 and they all hatched. But she laid [​IMG] between hay bales and that no doubt helped!
     
  3. Chickie'sMoma

    Chickie'sMoma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    Rochester, NH
    WOW! [​IMG]

    and this was a bantam that was sitting on them?
     
  4. ellieroo

    ellieroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is known as "little momma" because all the hens lay in her nest and she sits on and raises them all! She also rides on my shoulder so she is very calm that helps! Should of added she is an old english game hen now about 9yrs old!
     
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