Pooping old eggs after setting

LocoPollo

Songster
11 Years
Aug 13, 2008
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Ellijay, GA
Last week I induced my hen to set by placing extra eggs in her nest along with hers. She sat on them immediately (thankfully!) and since doing so, has been pooping every day a large mass, which I assume is the eggs she no longer needs to lay. Does this always happen when a hen starts to set, or strictly a result of getting her to "prematurely" set?
 

juliechick

Transplanted Hillbilly
11 Years
Jun 27, 2008
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Hens that are setting always have a large poop because they have to hold it so long. I would assume that's what you're seeing, unless you can actually see an egg in the mess.
 

LocoPollo

Songster
11 Years
Aug 13, 2008
573
2
151
Ellijay, GA
Well actually it just looks like poop. It is just massive. You are probably right. I was just assuming because of the size. Thanks!
 

Tuffoldhen

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jan 30, 2007
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WV
Broody hens will set for days without pooing, that's why its so large and smelly! I always keep my broodies in a large dog crate, where they can feel safe getting up off their eggs to eat, drink and poo without making a mess on their eggs.
 

LocoPollo

Songster
11 Years
Aug 13, 2008
573
2
151
Ellijay, GA
Yes my hen has a whole three bird coup with 8 ft run all to herself. I locked her in so she would set, so now she has it all to herself! I suppose I could let some other birds in, but I figured i didnt want them to disturb her.
 

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