Is My Broody Hen Causing The Other Hens To Stop Laying?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dangerouschicken, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    I have one broody hen sitting on a 15-egg clutch. I doubt they will all hatch because she can barely cover them all with her body. [​IMG] Since this hen went broody, about 10 days ago, we have not found any more eggs. There are no new eggs being added to the clutch and there are none to gather. Have the other hens stopped laying because of the broody?
    Last edited: May 7, 2009

  2. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    My husband is driving me nuts about this, wondering why we have no eggs. Does anyone know?
  3. Cajunsamoan

    Cajunsamoan Songster

    Mar 2, 2009
    I have a broody that is pretty aggressive toward the other hens if they get too close. They have all been staying as far away from the nestboxes as possible. I found a spot in the goat barn where they have been laying. Maybe they are laying in a new area? I hope you figure it out soon.
  4. baldie

    baldie Songster

    Sep 25, 2008
    Douglas, MA
    That is exactly what I was gonna say. My hens have been laying in the doghouse we use for the straw and shavings, etc!! [​IMG]

  5. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    I have a steady stream of broodies and the only decrease I've ever noticed was the broody herself stopped laying, but that was expected. I would either say they're adding to her nest or laying elsewhere - but you've checked that - so it's a mystery! [​IMG]
  6. Hi there!

    Have you checked under your broody. She may have more than the 15 eggs you think she has!!!!! This has happened to me in the past. Broody hens will steal any eggs they see. That's why I separate the broody from the others after 2-3 days. In fact that is what I have to do tomorrow as my Dorking, "Julia" went broody 2 days ago! [​IMG] She is young & I wasn't sure she would stick with it as this is her 1st time! [​IMG]

    Of course they might be laying elsewhere, especially if she is aggresive towards the other hens. Is yours getting off the nest every day to eat & poo? It is a good idea to only feed her mixed corn & water while she is on the eggs, that way the eggs will stay cleaner. [​IMG]

    Good Luck! [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Hattie [​IMG]
  7. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing Premium Member

    They are probably laying someplace else to stay away from the crabby broody!

  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    I agree with Hattie, check under the broody and make sure she only has 15 eggs. My hens always seem to look for the ones that are brooding, just so they can lay their eggs in with the others! I have to check my broodies every day, or I would never get any eggs!
  9. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    Well, we still haven't found any more. There are less eggs under there now, actually, as she kicked some out of the nest. She is not crabby or aggressive, and she does share the broody time with another hen, while she goes and gets a bite to eat, etc. I have no idea where the other eggs are.


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