my hens gone maniac!?! what do i do?!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chicken360, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. chicken360

    chicken360 In the Brooder

    Nov 18, 2012
    [​IMG]MY HEN IS GOING ALL OVER THE PLease HELP! my hen is very broody but it keeps on eating her eggs when im gone its been laying on the eggs for over 20days and some she just layed that have been sat on for a few days now. but once she cracked open an egg and it had a baby inside already developing and it still had the embryo with it but it had full structure already with hair or fur.then today she cracked open another and im pretty sure it was about to hatch too. im afraid that she'll eat the rest too, she now has about 9 left out of like 15. so and answers on why she is doing this and how i can prevent it. [​IMG]its pretty sad to see baby chicks that are not fully ready to be born yet so any advice

  2. chicken360

    chicken360 In the Brooder

    Nov 18, 2012
    need help! fast
  3. I would either put the eggs under another broody instead of her, or I would put them in an incubator. If you have neither one I would buy one and if you can't afford one I would ask a neighbor or a friend, perhaps they would have one you could borrow. I certainly wouldn't continue to let her kill them off.
  4. bubblebabeuk

    bubblebabeuk In the Brooder

    Nov 20, 2012
    I would fire up the incy and get them in there, although mommy chook may know there is something wrong that you don't. Is the broodie getting enough food and water?

  5. You say she's doing it when you're gone, so are you sure she's the one that's breaking them and if so, how do you know? A broody hen gets up once or twice a day to eat, stretch out, take a poo, etc. Are you certain there isn't another hen doing the breaking? Since it's happening when you're gone I wouldn't be so sure it's her. How much bedding do you have under her for the eggs to rest on? Quite a bit? Is there a disturbance in the coop? (Like a rowdy roo or a bossy hen) that is disturbing her and causing her to break them accidentally? A hen will eat a broken egg whether she's the one that broke it or not.

    Regardless of why this keeps happening, I would move the eggs the heck out of there and put them in an incubator to hatch out safely. Is this her first clutch?
  6. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    It could be rats doing this too. I had that happen with a broody. I KNOW this girl wouldn't break her eggs or anything because she'd already raised many broods. But suddenly her eggs were coming up broken and partly eaten. It was rats. They'd wait till she got up and have lunch. I never saw any but some rat poison strategically placed ended the "egg eating."
  7. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Songster

    Nov 14, 2009
    Boyers, Pa
    Put her and the nest in a cage with food and water. You'll know within a day if it's her or not.

  8. chicken360

    chicken360 In the Brooder

    Nov 18, 2012
    well she is the only hen with the rooster right now and im planning to get the incubator fired up and use it
  9. Dasp

    Dasp In the Brooder

    Nov 10, 2012
    Simi valley

    It might be the large amount of eggs she is trying to hatch.

    All though i have seen hens hatch 15+ eggs she might be breaking some due to room trying to push them under neath her or they might crack when she's mmoving around or pests might have bitten them etc..

    Make sure not to stress out the hen either as that may be another cause.

    Best of luck!


  10. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Songster

    Dec 2, 2009
    Sunny side up :)
    How is she doing now? Did you get any live chicks yet?

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