laying outside coop

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by junebuggh, Jun 8, 2007.

  1. junebuggh

    junebuggh New Egg

    Jun 8, 2007
    I have 4 hens and a rooster. They roam the yard 4-5 hours then get back in coop. One hen missing. I found her sitting on eggs in liriope in yard. Should I move hen and eggs to coop for safety? We have dogs, cats and lots o black snakes around. Or put in incubator? how do I make cheap,reliable incubator? Other chickens have ostracized this hen. Why? will they get over it?
  2. edbama2

    edbama2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    Slocomb, Alabama
    No incubator can do what a mother hen can do. I would not resort to an incubator unless she suddenly gives up on the eggs. If you move her, move her at night. A mother/broody hen will leave the flock and not socialize until she feels she has raised her babies. I have seen a mother hen take on a rooster to protect the little ones. [​IMG]

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