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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by JennyHenny74, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. JennyHenny74

    JennyHenny74 New Egg

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    Hi. I'm new to keeping chickens. I acquired 4 "hens", and last week one came out the closet as a rooster. I couldn't keep him in our suburb, so have given him away. Now one of the hens is very broody. Is it worth waiting to see if anything hatches? He was obviously a young rooster, and none of the eggs we've been eating appears fertilized, so I'm rather doubtful.
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, JennyHenny, and :welcome. Great to have you with us! Likely if he's young and you didn't observe him breeding the hens the eggs aren't fertile. If you did observe mating it's a different story. If decide not to let her set and she still wants to be broody, here's a link that addresses how to deal with that https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/encouraging-or-discouraging-broodiness-in-your-hens
    Best wishes and enjoy BYC!
     
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  4. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    I would have to agree with your doubting side, did you ever see the rooster "doing his job"? If you do want to hatch with eggs you are sure of then you could by fertilized eggs online. If you decide against it then I would read the article redsoxs gave you. Also you could check out the https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/5/incubating-hatching-eggs forum. Good luck!
     
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  5. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens!! I hope you enjoy it and the camaraderie here and everybody that goes nuts over chickens (me being one of them....) Have fun! And ask questions! You have received good links!
     
  6. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    If he only just started crowing, it's not very likely he fertilized anything.
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Some folks have even hatched chicks from Trader Joe's fertile eggs. They even have a thread on BYC. That would be a cheap way to go, if you wanted to see your broody raise a family.
     
  8. JennyHenny74

    JennyHenny74 New Egg

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    Well, I'm still battling with broody hens and thinking of getting some chicks to help them along. Hit if that broke the broodiness, how long until they start again?!?
     
  9. JennyHenny74

    JennyHenny74 New Egg

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    Apologies, but not hit!
     
  10. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop


    Depends on the breed. Most of your somewhat broody breeds will not brood more than once or twice in a year, especially if given chicks. Others, such as Silkies or gamefowl, might brood as many as three or four times, or even five or six if they do my hatch any chicks during that year. The latter group is rare, most hens, even of broody breeds, won't likely brood more than three times in a year.
     

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