Stupid Ques. about thieving broody hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by spowell, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. spowell

    spowell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I went out of town Labor Day weekend and had a friend watching my chickens while I was gone. When I got home labor Day one of my silkie hens had gone broody and was setting on 2 eggs. Well every time another hen goes into the coop to lay an egg the broody one steals it [​IMG] And....Did I forget to mention the other hens are Minorcas?? They are my egg laying hens. She has had a many as 10 eggs, she can't possibly cover that many eggs so i culled them down to six. Everyday I have to go out and pull out the unmarked egg she stole. I hate to dispose of the eggs she has stolen, How long can she set on them before they are no good to eat? [​IMG]
     
  2. Hawkeye95

    Hawkeye95 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have no idea! I float all eggs to see if they are still good. If they sink, they are fine. If they float-- no good.
     
  3. superchemicalgirl

    superchemicalgirl HEN PECKED

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    I collect them each night and eat them, regardless of whether a broody has laid on them during the day or not. Never had any embryonic blood/pieces in it. I believe it takes about 24 hours of incubation before the blood starts to form.

    Good that you learned to mark your eggs that she's laying on so you don't have to "guess" and have a terrible surprise.
     
  4. spowell

    spowell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I candled them before I culled and left the 6 that were growing. I put a big X on them!! Now I'm just waiting to see what happens. She is an older hen, and all she wants to do is have chicks [​IMG] She has been broody on and off just about all summer. I chunk her off the nest daily to make sure she is eating enough. I candled the eggs today and they are looking great. Maybe she will do it this time.[​IMG]
    Thanks for the input. I will eat away!!
     

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