New to backyard chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Lizziebizzie91, Jul 7, 2016.

  1. Lizziebizzie91

    Lizziebizzie91 New Egg

    Jul 6, 2016
    Boron ca
    Hello everyone my name is Lizzie and I live in Kern County california. I am a first time chicken owner I took over an elderly couples flock when they could no longer care for them. My broody hen is laYing on a few eggs I have decided to let her try out her mothering skills. I have her separated from the flock in her own cage with her eggs. The problem I am having tho is one egg has hatched and she is caring for the chick bUT not returning to the unhatched eggs any advice? And can I place more fertilized eggs in her nesting box will that encourage her?
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Lizzie and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. I'm not sure that there is too much you can do but hopefully someone else can chime in with some suggestions. You could try asking on the hatch a long forum.

    Good luck
  3. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] glad you have joined us.

    I have no experience with any hatching, and hope someone shows up with advice.

    But agree with CTKEN , do start a thread to question under the hatch a long forum.

    But IMO if she has decided to leave the other eggs, I doubt adding more eggs will help?
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! In my experience leaving the unhatched eggs in the nest and letting the hen return to the nest at night may be enough for the unhatched eggs. If you can get or rig up an incubator to hatch the rest of the eggs it would be ideal though. Placing more eggs in the nest is not going to sway her, as she's in mind to take care of the hatched chick now. Good luck!
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  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    If she is a first time broody sometimes they aren't sure what they should do. After a time or two, she will learn on the job. I doubt anything will make her go back to her eggs. AS others have suggested - you could try incubating them. Or maybe candle them first to see that the eggs are still viable. Sometimes the hen knows better than people do.

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