Other hens canibalizing broody hens eggs!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cindyu, Jul 26, 2014.

  1. cindyu

    cindyu Hatching

    Mar 12, 2013
    I've not seen this problem discussed, so here we go: I've had 2 successful broods hatched this summer - the summer of the broodies - but when the third was just as the point of hatching disaster struck. When mama left the nest other hens swooped in and had a feast! After that, poor mama was still wanting a nest so I set her back up and the rest did the same thing twice! I've still got 3 broodies and would like to hatch out more rather than have all these non-laying hens producing nothing, but I'm afraid of losing so many eggs. I've tried putting various hens into a small enclosure to brood a few yards away from the hen house but they always act like frantic prisoners when in there. It seems very important to be with the others. Thoughts? TIA
  2. A hen that is TRULY broody will not care where the other hens are.

    Once a hen goes broody it is best thst she have her own private pen supplied with food and water.

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