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Will a retired hen sit on eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by joneus, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. joneus

    joneus Songster

    Apr 2, 2011
    Ballston Spa
    I'm just curious.

    My mom asked me what I plan on doing with my hens once they stop laying & it got me thinking, because I honestly dont know. I tried to avoid it, but they became my pets, and now I cant even think about eating them, LOL!

    Anyhow- I would think that they'd lose their hormones along with their eggs, and thus not be interested in sitting, but I could be wrong.

  2. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    I have some retired hens and they have never sat on eggs. [​IMG]
  3. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

    Some do. Some don't. From what I've read, a good broody is worth keeping for a lifetime.
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Depends greatly upon the breed and past broody history.
  5. chookhead

    chookhead Songster

    Sep 7, 2011
    broodynes comes b4 a moult by a month usually and while the mother is raising chicks she moults that wat happens usually fi they dont broody in 5 yrs they wont broody like ever lol

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