quick question about a broody hen

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

  1. pecker head

    pecker head Out Of 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 Chicken Obsessed Staff Member 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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

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