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i need help with a broody hen and what to do to get her to hatch chicks

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by themadchicken, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. themadchicken

    themadchicken Songster

    Feb 2, 2012
    Lehi Utah
    does anyone know about broody hens? a friend of mine stopped by tonight and said one of his hens was acting weird. he described a broody hen. she will not leave the nest box at all. He has wood eggs (i don't know why) in the boxes and she wont leave them unless he tosses her out of the coop, she gets extremely irritable and goes right back in and sits. i happen to have some Ameraucanas that are fertile from my young ee rooster. he wants 6 new hens to replace his old hens. so how many eggs should we let her sit on? and how do i hold the eggs for incubation? I'm kind of new on this whole old fashion way but need to know cause i plan on my silkies to sit on some for me in the upcoming year.if anyone knows about this it will be helpful cause i plan on starting to gather eggs for him tomorrow. she is a large Australorp.


  2. I've never given a hen more then 12 egg but hear other hatching more then that. This link here has a lot of info on egg storage.

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