What is a "clutch"?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by momofchicks, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. momofchicks

    momofchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it how many eggs in a pile? Is it how many eggs a hen lays in a week? What does the term clutch actually mean?
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  2. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

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    A clutch is one batch of chicks or eggs that a bird is setting on at once. So you might have a chicken setting a clutch of 12 eggs. My hen might be setting a clutch of only 9 eggs.
     

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