I have a problem with my broody hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by farmert, Apr 26, 2017.

  1. farmert

    farmert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I know there are 7000+ posts re: broody hens, but after reading quite a few of them, I had to stop and just post.

    For the first time, we let one of our Iowa Blues, who is very young, go broody. She is sitting on fertile eggs, and we've never had this experience before so we decided let it play out (although I figure a black rat snake will end up with most of the eggs). She's doing fine, but here's the problem.

    Yesterday, when I went out to feed them, she flew off the nest to eat. It gave me the opportunity to look at the nest, and lo and behold! there are now at least two dozen eggs! Turns out, the other hens are laying right along beside her, not interested in laying in the nest box right beside the one she is in (which is weird). She is just sitting there accumulating eggs.

    Now we're not getting enough eggs to sell, and I have no idea which ones are fresh or which ones have been incubated for a while. Next time she is off the nest, I thought about marking them somehow, but I need advice on what to do now.

    My first concern is for her -- is she ok sitting on that many eggs? I know my guineas lay that many and more, but I don't know for hens.

    And we'd like fresh eggs for ourselves and egg customers.

    Any productive advice/suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. emmaellis111

    emmaellis111 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long has she been sitting on these eggs roughly
     
  3. emmaellis111

    emmaellis111 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it's more the 6 days get a touch and candle the egg [​IMG]
     
  4. farmert

    farmert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's been sitting on them for about a week.
     
  5. farmert

    farmert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Update: now her sister (ok, same breed, same age) is also sitting--next to her on same nest. I've never seen two who are broody on same nest.
     
  6. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    I would candle those eggs, keep the ones that look furthest along (and are similar in development) and toss the rest. Mark what you keep. How crowded is it in that nest? Could be with two of them in there they may break the eggs.
     

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