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What to do with this hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 3nglishteacher, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. 3nglishteacher

    3nglishteacher In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2008
    My first flock, 22 hens & 4 roos (I know -- we're harvesting 3 next weekend), 6 mos. old, free range by day, all go in the coop at dusk and I lock them up for the night. A week ago or so , we were missing one. Today, dh pulled the tarp off the mower and there she sat on 18 eggs!~! Will she possibly return to the coop at night when the roo count is down? Should we include her in our "harvest"? What do you do with a maverick?
  2. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    So she's broody or you pulled her off the eggs?
  3. wyliefarms

    wyliefarms Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    She's setting on a mountain of eggs! Let her set, you may get some chicks since you have roosters. Too bad though on the loss of eggs to eat!

    Keep her and taking the other roosters away won't change her.

    When you apporched her did she make a warning nosie and fluff up her feathers?

    I think it is 20 some days so let her be for a month and see if anything hatches.
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Throw the tarp back in place and let her hatch out those eggs!
  5. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Don't harvest her, she didn't do anything wrong. It's her nature to go broody and sit on eggs. It's very cute really. She found herself a safe place away from the others and any harm and She's going to make you a grandma [​IMG] Congrats. [​IMG]
  6. Bi0sC0mp

    Bi0sC0mp Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    NO reason to harvest her just caused she is sitting on eggs that is her nature let her hatch them out then she will go back to the coop at night..
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Yep, she's doing what nature intended by trying to hatch out eggs! Let her set it out and if she hatches some, you'll have more! If she doesn't, then not much is lost.
  8. 3nglishteacher

    3nglishteacher In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2008
    Actually we did just throw the tarp back over and left the eggs alone -- after a few pics! And yes, she made a ferocious fuss when dh rustled her up. We brought up food and water -- I can't fathom what she's been eating other than bugs. And while I don't relish the idea of feeding another dozen or so chicks thru the winter, with feed prices going up, I'm curious to see how this'll play out.

  9. eggsgalore

    eggsgalore In the Brooder

    May 4, 2008
    That's the kindest thing to do. Good luck with the fall chicks. She'll keep them nice and warm. Is she protected from predators? I too thought that one of the hens had found this brilliant hidden spot but she was taken by a raccoon one night, including the eggs.
  10. Chickenrox

    Chickenrox Hatching

    Aug 22, 2008
    ;)18 eggs in one week? Maybe-if so she's a keeper!!!

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