Roosters and egg consumption

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Angus2914, Feb 8, 2017.

  1. Angus2914

    Angus2914 Out Of The Brooder

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    Getting back into the chicken business and I am not sure of what to look for in order to have my hens began sitting on her eggs. It February I Ky and the weather is up and down, but I am getting 12-14 eggs a day, what can I do to encourage them to sit? I keep some of the eggs for consumption, and some for the incubator, lastly, for about twenty five hens, how many roosters are too many.
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    The hens will sit when they sit, there's no way to make them go broody. You can leave some eggs in the nest as this may encourage them.

    For 25 hens you'd want no more than three roosters. That's plenty to keep them all fertile and more could lead to overmating and injury.
     
  3. Lady Watcher

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    Leave golf balls in their nesting spots.
     

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