may need some help with this hen broody or starting?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by superflyer, Feb 25, 2015.

  1. superflyer

    superflyer Out Of The Brooder

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    i have a hen that last night roost in the nest box over night on eggs. then she when back in the nest box to sit but do not no when and sat on the eggs for some time then got off then never return to the nest box until tonight.
    broody or starting to be broody
    what should i do
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Until she sets day and night for 2 days (in this weather) do not give her the eggs that you want her to hatch. It sounds as if she is pre broody.
     
  3. superflyer

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    i do have fake eggs in my nest box and i do have one broody hen as well
    just wondering if i should just leave her alone and see what happens
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Yes let her go fully broody, and then give her some fertile eggs.
     
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    they go thought a pre broody?
    and how many eggs do a chicken lay in a set before they go broody?
     
  6. superflyer

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    i do have eggs off to the side when she dose just do not no when :(
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Eggs laid before a hen sets varies from breed to breed and from hen to hen within a breed. Most have a pre broody phase which again is quite variable.
     
  8. superflyer

    superflyer Out Of The Brooder

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    ok thank you
    just have to wait it out and how long you think before i give up
     
  9. superflyer

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    how long can i keep my eggs until she go broody
     
  10. superflyer

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    i check to she what she would do (night time here )and all she did was trying to peck me (no sound like a broody hen would do)
     

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