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How many eggs should I let the broody hen sit on?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sandy sea, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. sandy sea

    sandy sea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two broody hens . One is sitting on about 16 eggs and the other broody has 7 eggs. Is that too many? Should I just let them sit on that many eggs? I am planning to move them tonight to another area of the coop. Any help would be great. This is my first time with broody hens sitting on fertile eggs.
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I would equal them out and seperate them so no more chickens comes up behind them and lay more.
     
  3. Slywoody

    Slywoody Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends on how big broodies are and how many chicks you want.
     
  4. sandy sea

    sandy sea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am really not sure how many broody hens there are in one of the nests. There might be two hens sharing the nest with the 16 eggs in it.
     

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