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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bantamkelley, Nov 20, 2011.
Ive read that you must store eggs before you guve them back to the broody hen. Is this true?
I'm no expert but I don't. I have 4 chicks out in the grow out pen that I gave to the broody's from that days eggs.
No you can let the eggs collect in the nest. I had two hens I wanted to set last summer, so I stopped taking their eggs. I decided nine eggs would be a good number for them to sit and removed the oldest eggs, as the new ones were laid. The hen entering and leaving the nest will keep the eggs turned, and the embryos exercised. One girl hatched eight chicks, and the other seven.