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quick question about a broody hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pecker head, Nov 12, 2014.

  1. pecker head

    pecker head In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2014
    Hen went broody yesterday. How long do I have to get some eggs under her? Thinking of ordering some eggs.

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    If she is really broody, and a good mama, you should have plenty of time to get some eggs shipped and hatched under her. I's make sure she stays on the nest 24/7 for a couple of days before spending my money. She should only get up once, probably when you're not looking, to eat, drink and poop. I wouldn't move the food; she needs the little exercise she gets. Mine have always stayed broody for a few weeks -- or a bunch of weeks -- past the 3 weeks it takes to hatch, if there were no chicks.
  3. mtngirl35

    mtngirl35 Songster

    Dec 10, 2013
    Mine sat on golfballs for a week and then put in 3 more weeks on the eggs.

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