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My chickens broody!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by beginnerchick08, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. beginnerchick08

    beginnerchick08 In the Brooder

    Dec 19, 2008
    So my chickens were born the last week of Feb. So that makes them 6mths. My question is the eggs are still small and med. size so will they even hatch? I dont want to break her of her broody bc I do want to have chicks if not now, in the future. So should i just let her sit on them and hope or take them out and give her some golf balls.

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    In my personal opinion, you need to either give her some eggs to hatch or break her from being broody. While she is broody, she is not eating and drinking enough to stay in top physical condition. She is all hyped up on hormones. It is hard on her.

    I don't know your breeds, but if you have fertile eggs, you can give her a few of the medium eggs. The small ones might hatch, but you have a better chance of healthy chicks if you use the larger eggs. At 6 months, your hens should be laying eggs that are OK as long as you have a rooster to fertilize them. I you have really large eggs, don't use those either. It is best to use an average sized egg.

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