I think I've been tricked!

Larkin

Chirping
9 Years
Aug 10, 2010
155
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Northern Wisconsin
I have 2 broodies right now. I gave them both a couple of eggs (2 and 3). Yesterday I picked up an egg that had fallen on the floor, thought it was not from the broodies, cracked it to find a tiny embryo:hit. Very disturbed that this poor guy must have fallen out and mistakenly thought of as a "fresh" one.
Now, this morning I checked on the girls and they both had eggs under them. Just now when I checked on them, one nest was empty! Under the sitting hen, there were all the eggs. I had no idea they "move" them! I thought maybe I had an eggeater or some other mystery to solve! So...I gave the emptynester 2 more eggs right now, is this just going to continue? Do I have an egg hog and my poor other hen will have no luck keeping eggs in her nest? UGGH, what drama!
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PaulaJoAnne

Songster
10 Years
Jul 30, 2009
2,321
13
181
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They tuck them under their wings. Broodies love to steal other eggs, hence the reason most people will move them into solitary.
 

ChickensAreSweet

Heavenly Grains for Hens
9 Years
Jun 8, 2010
15,100
699
398
Pacific NW- where the Douglas Firs grow
You can mark your broody eggs with a pencil mark- like an "x" or something to avoid that happening again.

I reached under my broody every day to check for stolen eggs. I took her off anyway once a day so she would eat, and checked again that night when I closed everyone up.
 

skeeter9

Songster
12 Years
Apr 10, 2007
2,104
3
201
Foothills of Central CA
That's hilarious!!! Aren't hens funny sometimes??!! A couple of years ago I was outside working on the fence and there was a ton of racket coming from the hen house. When I opened the egg door there were 3 broody girls fighting over the days eggs. It was like a soccer match for a couple of minutes until I could get the eggs out of there. The next couple of weeks were interesting to say the least! Broodies can be so single-minded! LOL
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Fuffy

Songster
10 Years
Sep 3, 2009
874
51
131
Jersey, GB
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Last year I put my broody and her eggies up at the top of my field. I got her off twice a day for 10 mins on the timer, This time I have her just by my French doors where I can see her more. She gets up by herself twice a day, eats, drinks, poops, scratches around a bit and goes back to bed. Soooo lovely to see Nature telling her what to do!!!!
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I LOVE my broody!!!!
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Larkin

Chirping
9 Years
Aug 10, 2010
155
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99
Northern Wisconsin
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Last year I put my broody and her eggies up at the top of my field. I got her off twice a day for 10 mins on the timer, This time I have her just by my French doors where I can see her more. She gets up by herself twice a day, eats, drinks, poops, scratches around a bit and goes back to bed. Soooo lovely to see Nature telling her what to do!!!!
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I LOVE my broody!!!!
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It's amazing isn't it! I'm so fascinated by this whole journey!
 

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