- Aug 17, 2019
My hens have only been laying a month (first egg appeared on July 14th) and one has already gone broody. Not only did she go broody but she nested out (found herself a quiet little place in ivy along the house) and surprised me with a clutch of 12 eggs when I finally found her two days later! I’m not even sure how she amassed so many in such a short time because her breed is only expected to lay about 2-3 eggs a week and she didn’t start laying until a couple weeks after the first egg appeared. Anyhow, I was not prepared for a hen to go broody so quickly or to shun the safety of the coop. I’m not sure what sort of accommodations I need to create for her and her clutch. I did find a pretty clean box (that has not been used for chickens before) and lined it with straw. I then transferred hen and her clutch to the box and have it stowed safely in my bathroom with a weighted screen on top. But she’s going to need more room than a box to eat, get water, and defecate away from her clutch. Also, what do I do if none of the eggs turn out to be fertile when I candle them in a few days?