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nonsetter?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tcal, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. tcal

    tcal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What does "nonsetter" mean in terms of chickens?
     
  2. Byrdj

    Byrdj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They won't stop laying to sit and hatch eggs. Leghorns and strains from them are notorious for being non-setters.
     
  3. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't know if "notorious" is the right word--if you're going for egg production only, and don't want the hens to hatch chicks, it's a great thing.

    When hens go broody and start to want to sit on eggs, they can stop laying. Broody hens aren't a good thing in a laying flock with no roosters, like mine! Instead of non-setter you might also hear "not broody."
     
  4. Byrdj

    Byrdj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I meant notorious in a goog way. The only reason you would want a broody or setter is if you wanted the hens to incubate fertilized eggs.
     

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