- Jun 22, 2008
Two of our young hens appear to be going broody. We're excited at the possiblity of having our own hens hatch out some babies. I'm sure the hens know more than we do but I have a few questions. The hens were in boxes without much bedding so we added bedding. The one hen seemed to get frustrated with us and was allowing the other chickens to chase her from box to box. I'm not sure if she settled in the same box after we left or not. She's been in the box for a little over two days now. The first day we took the eggs away not knowing she was sitting there for that reason. We left a few eggs in the box for her last night. I wanted to mark the eggs so we would know which ones were left there, just in case they were moved or whatever. Providing she's been sitting on those eggs since last night would I be able to mark them and put them back? Also, I'm not sure if the other hen is actually sitting on eggs or not. If she's not can we just stick some underneath her? What else can we do to make sure the eggs will hatch? We're not interested in incubating eggs at this time, we'd prefer to have them do it naturally for the time being.