Can I make a hen broody?
by Janice Johnson
Do all hens brood or sit on eggs in order to hatch them?
Is there a way to get a hen to sit on eggs that are fertile in order for them to hatch?
Will a broody abandon eggs to care for a chick?
by Kevin Kerr
I have 6 light Sussex bantam eggs under a broody, she has 1 chick that has hatched that I was testing her broody ness with for 2 days.
I added 2 Silkie bantam eggs 24 hours after the light Sussex.
I’m now worried she will get up with the single chick and leave the nest. Tonight is day 21.
If the others start to hatch tonight will she sit for another couple of days to allow the 2nd lot to dry off?
Fertile eggs abandoned! Can I give them to another broody?
(Yarck, Vic, Australia)
I have a hen which sat on eggs for 2 days and has now left them for 2 days.
Clearly she has no plans of going back to them and I’m wondering if they were put under another hen are they likely to be still viable.
Broody hen made 2 eggs disappear!
(Calne, Wiltshire UK)
I have a bantam hen sitting and she is on day 19.
I have moved her to a smaller home with a run all ready but, today instead of 6 eggs I have just 4. No signs of yolk anywhere.
She is still sitting on the 4 eggs left.