My girls are happpy!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chicamama03, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. chicamama03

    chicamama03 Out Of The Brooder

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    SO the ladies are happy. The neighbors are helping feed yummy snacks in exchange for eggs and the girls are beginning to lay really well. I have one little Banty that is broody and likes to snuggle eggs. We have no rooster, so nothing will hatch (poor thing) but I can get some fertile eggs from a neighbor. Is that wise? I would still pull out the new eggs,but leave the fertile ones for her. Dumb? Will she stop laying if she's sitting on eggs to hatch? Dumb question?
    Just curious.
     
  2. Fleabuskitty

    Fleabuskitty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    People replace infertile eggs with fertile eggs that they buy all the time. If you want chicks, I'd say go for it! And, yes, she will stop laying while she is broody (even if the eggs won't hatch) and raising chicks.
     
  3. chicamama03

    chicamama03 Out Of The Brooder

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    will the other ladies stop laying too? They tend to lay in same place so I would have to mark the fertile eggs for sure.
     
  4. Fleabuskitty

    Fleabuskitty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, the others would continue laying. If you do want her to hatch chicks, you should put her in a separate area so that she is not chased off the nest by the others. People often keep broodies in another pen like a dog crate or a brooder so that the other chickens don't pick on the broody hen or the chicks, but if that is not an option, a box near the ground where the others will not lay (but that will feel safe enough for the broody to want to stay there) might be an option.
     

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