is your hen supposed to leave her eggs in the morning?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by badnek, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. badnek

    badnek In the Brooder

    May 18, 2012
    philippines la union
    my hen keeps leaving her eggs in the morning but at night she will keep them warm is this normal?because i thought hens never leave thier eggs/
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    What do you mean? Is she leaving them all day long or just for a potty break? Is she sitting to hatch or just sleeping in the nest at night?

    Broody hens who are actually broody and trying to hatch chicks sit day and night, but they do leave to eat, drink and poop at least once a day. Not all hens have that trait to go broody and raise chicks, so if she's out all day, but going to the nest at night only, she may just be sleeping in the nest and if you haven't removed eggs, she's sleeping on the eggs, not sitting to hatch.
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2012
  3. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Hens usually leave their eggs. One who sleeps on them at night but leaves them alone all day is probably just sleeping in the nest box, and doesn't care whether there is an egg in there or not. You should not let your hens sleep in the nest boxes, because you will have poopy eggs.

    When a hen goes broody, meaning she will sit on the eggs til they hatch, this is a hormonal change which results in several behavior changes. Besides staying on the nest 24/7 (except for one outing a day, to take care of business) she will growl and fluff up when anyone comes near, is likely to fight or peck if you try to touch her, will fuss and fluff out if you take her off the nest, as well as return to the nest within a few minutes. Sometimes they return to the wrong nest -- they often don't seem to realize which one they'd been on. Broodiness becomes mothering after the chicks hatch, for a few weeks. She willl stay with them, teach them to eat and forage and dust bathe, and protect them from the rest of the flock. While broody, hens don't lay eggs.

    Some hens live for years and never go broody; some go broody once or twice in their life, and some do it regularly. It's largely dependent on breed, although you can get a broody in a supposedly non-broody breed like Leghorns. Hatcheries have been selecting for non-broodies for decades. Our breeds section (top of page) can help you find breeds that are likely to go broody.
  4. badnek

    badnek In the Brooder

    May 18, 2012
    philippines la union
    ok so what should i do just take her eggs??or what??because at night she'll put her eggs under her but in the morning its like she doesnt care
  5. jtbrown

    jtbrown Songster

    Mar 30, 2011
    Southeastern Ohio
    When mine were "flirting" with going broody, they tried what yours are doing at night. I then would remove them and put them on the roost AT NIGHT and they were not so quick to move back to the nest box at night.

    Once they were REALLY broody, they did the whole fluff up and tick tick tick at me and stayed on nest all day and night. Until I separated them they also would be quick to brood on another nest like they forgot which one they were laying on as the above poster said. I am really new at this, and have 4 broody hens sitting on 10 eggs. Two got broken I think by other chickens jumping on the nests while the girls got up to eat/drink. But now that they are separated, things SEEM to be going well [​IMG]

    Good luck

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