Naturally hatching chicks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by maman poullette, Aug 7, 2016.

  1. maman poullette

    maman poullette New Egg

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    Hello. I am new to chickens but we have a lot of them - I have 20 adults who are having eggs. I would like them to be able to hatch chicks but my husband thinks they are not broody- I think they are & have seen them sitting on eggs but then it seems that they just leave the eggs alone.after a while. Am I wrong or too impatient? Because I see a bunch of eggs in a clutch in the barn on the floor & they are laying them in boxes also-Americauna, buff Orpington, sex link, they are fertilized because we have roosters. It seems that they lay & sit & then don't sit on them again. Can someone advise me please? Thanks
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! From what you have described I would say your hens are not broody I'm afraid. If they were they would be sat on the eggs constantly only leaving the clutch of eggs for a few minutes at a time once or twice a day to eat, drink and poop.

    Here are some great threads & articles on broody hens that I'm sure you will find most helpful ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=Broody+hens#

    Good luck for the future and enjoy BYC :frow
     
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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas and :welcome. Pleased you joined our community! I'm in agreement with Yorkshire - they don't sound like they are broody to me. Best of luck to you!
     
  4. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

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    Hi and welcome to BYC! I agree-- it sounds like your hens aren't broody right now. Thanks for joining us and I wish you the best of luck for future hatches! [​IMG]
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
    CT
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Not all hens go broody. It's not something you can make them do. If any of them go broody, I'd bet on the Buff orp.
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  8. cukuriku

    cukuriku Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome [​IMG], much success with your flock!
     

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