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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by manda28, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. manda28

    manda28 New Egg

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    I have another question I got 4 laying hens or so they are called and they were laying everyday we now have a rooster and I have cracked 2 eggs and they are fertile but my hens are not sitting on them will laying hens incubate the eggs or do I need another breed of chicken
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    What breed of 'laying hens' do you have? Broody instinct has been selected against in most hatchery type birds although individuals still go broody upon occasion.
     
  3. manda28

    manda28 New Egg

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    I actually have no idea what breed 1 is black with a tinge of green through it,2 are brown but with heaps of white on their tails,the last one is pretty much brown
     
  4. TallChickMagnet

    TallChickMagnet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A lot of the time chickens will wait until they get about 5 or six eggs under them before they start sitting.
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  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Broodiness is hormonal and some breeds tend to go broody more often than others (like Silkies) and some breeds seldom if ever. I've had battery hens go broody and hatch chicks so never say never LOL
    If you want to encourage your hens to go broody leave a few eggs in the box for them and see if they fall for it. It is not a guarantee, but works sometimes.
     

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