If a hen sits on eggs that weren't fertilized, would she stay broody

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by akd23237, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. akd23237

    akd23237 In the Brooder

    May 5, 2008
    even if they never hatch? I'm interested in knowing if a hen would actually sit on the eggs forever because they don't hatch? Or do they know better after a certain amount of time, and come out of the broodiness? This is not my situation, I'm new at owning chickens, and just wondering.
  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Crowing

    Mar 5, 2007
    I have a hen turkey that won't give up. she has been sitting on a empty nest for 2 weeks and this is after she tried to hatch some chicken eggs.
  3. ChuckenGirl

    ChuckenGirl Songster

    Dec 22, 2007
    Maryland :)
    my one hen stopped after a while.
  4. akd23237

    akd23237 In the Brooder

    May 5, 2008
    Gamebirdsonly- Very interesting. I wonder if she'll still be like that after the 21 or so days are up, and she sees no chicks?
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2008
  5. akd23237

    akd23237 In the Brooder

    May 5, 2008
    Whitehallgamepullet, how long did it take your hen to stop?
  6. comcleveryou

    comcleveryou Hatching

    Jun 14, 2008
    i have black astrolorps and araucana....one of my BA hens went broody 5 days before my second one did...well my first BA hens eggs went bad for some reason ...so i decided to see if she would wait another five days after her due date then id take some of the other BA hens eggs and do the ol switch a roo....it worked.... but they both decided to leave the nest with there chicks at the same time....so the chicks got mixed up and now there are two moms and one clutch of babys......
  7. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Hens can go broody with or without fertilized eggs. The length of time depends on how determined the hen is. If she goes really broody, she'll sit on the eggs long after they're supposed to hatch. This might starve/dehydrate the hen and cause death. If she's not so determined, she might giv up if they don't hatch, but overall I think that unless you have some fertilized eggs to slip under her, the best thing is to prevent/prohibit/end broodiness. You can Search "stop broody hen" or "stop broodiness" and you'll find tons of solutions to make a hen un-broody. Hope this helps!
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