Pooping old eggs after setting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LocoPollo, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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?
     
  2. juliechick

    juliechick Transplanted Hillbilly

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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.
     
  3. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well actually it just looks like poop. It is just massive. You are probably right. I was just assuming because of the size. Thanks!
     
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    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.
     
  5. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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