Scared hen out of broodyness??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by |Aphrodite|, May 9, 2018.

  1. |Aphrodite|

    |Aphrodite| In the Brooder

    Dec 16, 2017
    So my welsummer hen had been sitting for about 4-5 days, but she wasn't eating or drinking, so I took her off the nest and plopped her on the floor. After a couple of minutes I realized her eggs were getting a bit chili, and she was still happily on the ground. I tried to place her back on the nest, but she started squacking and flew off. Somebody help me, I really wanted her to hatch eggs
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  2. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Crowing

    Mar 19, 2011
    NW Oregon
    Has she returned to the nest?

    Eggs can get a bit chilled and still be okay, so don't give up hope.

    As to the hen, if she has access to food and water within reasonable distance, I suggest leaving her alone.

    You can definitely interrupt their nesting instinct by taking them off the nest. Usually they resettle in a few hours, but sometimes it is a different location!

    Most hens get up once a day to eat, drink, and poo one very large poo. You usually won't see them do it. They also lose quite a bit of weight, and their combs are pale (from hormonal shifts) which is natural. This is part of the brooding process.

    If your hen is so weak she cannot move, or is bone thin, then you need to intervene.

    But until then, it is best to leave nature alone. Momma knows what she is about. She will get up and eat/drink/poo when she is ready, and will go back to the nest.

    Just make sure she can easily get back to the original nest without confusion (which sometimes happens).

  3. |Aphrodite|

    |Aphrodite| In the Brooder

    Dec 16, 2017
    Thank you!! She eventually did go back in her nest.
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