How soon can a hen go broody again.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickie Pia, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. Chickie Pia

    Chickie Pia Out Of The Brooder

    I have a hen, she is a RIR. Her 12 chicks are 10 weeks old now and are independent. She started laying 11 days ago and I have left all 11 eggs in her nest. What are the chances she will go broody? I'd really love some more chicks!

    PS: I only have 1 mature rooster (other than the seabrights), he is the daddy of the 12. My orpingtons and Brahmas are not laying yet.

    My question is should I just keep taking the oldest egg away every day (I numbered them) or am I wasting my time hoping she will sit!

    (She was a first time mom)
     
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2014
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't know that leaving the eggs will encourage her to go broody any sooner. At any rate, they lose weight and muscle mass while broody, adn need time to recover. I would think she will not go broody until she is fully recovered from the last round. In my limited experience, they have laid for a month or two, at least, before going broody again.
     
  3. Chickie Pia

    Chickie Pia Out Of The Brooder

    Ok. Gonna eat em then. ;-)
    (Eggs that is).
     

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