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1 Have a broody hen ... on Sat Jul 12, 2014 2:09 pm

Raven Crest


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So I have a (very!) broody hen, and was thinking about letting her have a clutch of chicks, as my other hens are laying enough to feed me. I left her to sit, and then found the next day she had moved to the other spot where the other hens lay, leaving what I assume were her two open. I don't have boxes for them, just keep the coop bedded with loose hay from my horses. Should I separate her? Give her more eggs so she doesn't feel the need to move? After reading some of the other posts I now know to start marking them, but any other suggestions would be great.
And if it matters I have Coronation Sussex.

Thanks in advance!

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2 Re: Have a broody hen ... on Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:00 am

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I would definitely move her to her own spot where she only has one nest option and no other hens have access. I would definitely put more than 2 eggs under her as well. It does seem a little odd to me that she actually moved nesting sites on her own accord if she is truly broody.

3 Re: Have a broody hen ... on Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:18 am

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Several of our hens are broody right now...silly ladies!

4 Re: Have a broody hen ... on Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:37 am

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I found the moving really odd too, I thought she'd be happy I let her stay. She has since moved back and I haven't seen her on the other nest site since ...

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5 Re: Have a broody hen ... on Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:45 am

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Also, with giving her more eggs, I'm assuming it's safe to give her the other hens eggs. My only concern is, they don't sit theirs. At all. So how long can an egg go between being laid and being sat on and still be good?

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6 Re: Have a broody hen ... on Sun Jul 13, 2014 5:53 pm

Raven Crest


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And, if I separate her, she'll be away from the rooster, so then wouldn't any subsequent eggs be infertile?

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7 Re: Have a broody hen ... on Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:41 pm

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Raven Crest wrote:Also, with giving her more eggs, I'm assuming it's safe to give her the other hens eggs. My only concern is, they don't sit theirs. At all. So how long can an egg go between being laid and being sat on and still be good?

And, if I separate her, she'll be away from the rooster, so then wouldn't any subsequent eggs be infertile?

It is fine to give her whatever eggs you want. She won't care. You should give them all to her at the same time, or they will hatch on different dates and she will likely abandon any eggs that haven't hatched yet.

I have hatched eggs that are up to one month old.

If she is truly broody, she won't be laying eggs anyway, so it doesn't matter if she's away from the rooster.

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8 Re: Have a broody hen ... on Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:35 pm

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How do you keep the eggs that long without them going bad?

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