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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tcal, Dec 31, 2008.
What does "nonsetter" mean in terms of chickens?
They won't stop laying to sit and hatch eggs. Leghorns and strains from them are notorious for being non-setters.
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."
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.