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Sitting Hens...
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Errin OH    Posted 01-31-2003 at 08:12:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
.. or in this case lack of. I have two hens that I would like to get to raise baby chicks. Not really into the whole incubate thing, just thought it be nice if they'd try to procreate (o-natural). What should I do to encourage them. I split them off so they'd had plent-o feed and water, heated coupe, light is on a timer, a ton of clean straw, the whole bit. Yes, they have a rooster with them and as far as I can tell he's doin his part. Been tryin for almost a year now and they just flat refuse to sit on the nest????? They lay eggs until it over flows, Just tossed 26 eggs out last week and there doin it again. I have 1 nest for both hens could this be a problem? Should I box them in the nest itself so they have to sit? Or do I have dumb chickens? They were store bought chicks and never got any of that motherly education.


JEAN    Posted 05-28-2004 at 20:58:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
WE HAVE 3 HENS THAT ARE LAYING AT THIS TIME ONE IS ABOUT 10 MONTHS OLD THE OTHER 2 ARE MAY BE 2 YEARS OLD BUT THEY OUR ALL LAYING EGGS BUT II STILL CAN'T GET THEM TO SIT EAITHER THEY WILL SIT LONG ENUFF TO LAY ANOTHER ONE AND GET UP I HAVE A YOUNG HEN AND ONE OLD HEN IN A PEN TOGETHER AND THEY BOTH STARTED LAYING THERE EGGS IN THE SAME NEST AND THEY BOTH TAKE TURNS IN THE NEST I HAVE 23 EGGS RIGHT NOW WHEN WILL THEY STOP I HAVE NOT SEEN THE OLDER HEN LAY ONE YET BUT WHY ELSE WOULD SHE SIT ON THE EGGS AND WHY WOULD THERE BE SO MANY IF SHE WAS NOT LAYING TO IM JUST AT A LOSS I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO SHOULD JUST WAIT IT OUT AND SEE IF THEY WILL HATCH


Duey (IA)    Posted 01-31-2003 at 15:28:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Errin,
Find a setting hen from wherever and use her for a foster mom. Replace her eggs with the eggs you want hatched. A little Banty hen will usually hatch about anything you let her set on even duck or Guinea eggs. Kind of funny when you see a little Bantam hen scratching for a dozen great big Guinea chicks four times her size.


JohnnyB    Posted 01-31-2003 at 14:34:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I like to provide at least two nest boxes for each hen. So you'd need four boxes. My pigeons like to alternate between the two when raising babies.


Errin OH    Posted 01-31-2003 at 11:05:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
They are Silver Laced Wyandotte (sp?) Laying an egg each every day or so. I have seem them sit for short periods. 1 day at most, but generally off the nest by that night or the next day. I asumed they stop laying at 8-12 eggs between the two of them, but they don't. My thought was they'd switch off and it may bee just one isn't cooperating. I have examined some of the eggs and did find a red spot to a red circle on the yoke.


Tom A    Posted 01-31-2003 at 11:41:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
As others have said, most modern breeds aren't broody anymore. Wyandottes are generally considered broody, although, but I'm not sure about the Silver Laced variety.

My hens are Dominiques, and like the Wyandottes they're considered broody.

Even so, only a few out of our entire flock (about 50) are ever broody...the rest won't set. Not every hen will sit on eggs; the broody ones are hard to *keep* from sitting.

You might need to try a few more to get a broody hen, if you really want them to hatch their own.

Tom A


Lynch in E.TX    Posted 01-31-2003 at 11:48:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yep... sometimes they won't quit settin...My Black Cross hens would hatch eggs all year round...had hatches at Christmas more than once. Wish I still had those 3 hens....cuz I think an incubator is a pain too...and EXPENSIVE. Best bet is to see if you can find a hen that you know will set...and then see if you can aquire it. Lynch


They won't switch off...    Posted 01-31-2003 at 11:36:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
..as far as I know. Check around and see if anyone near you has a good settin' hen that they will part with, and once it settles in it will set for you too. Lynch


They will lay...    Posted 01-31-2003 at 11:23:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
18-20 eggs before they will set. Lynch


Ana    Posted 01-31-2003 at 09:36:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Many breeds of chickens just don't set anymore--it has been purposely breed out of them---cause they don't lay eggs while they are sitting. Get yourself a mixed breed banty---mine sit all summer long, they take a little break, next thing I know there they are sitting again! I can get only about 8 eggs (normal size) under one, but I have several little hens, so someone is always ready to set. They are good mothers too. I have had very few large breed hens that set---a few, but not many.


farmerwilly@hotmail.com    Posted 01-31-2003 at 09:22:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
what breed hens are they? alot of the breeds now days where breed for egg laying or meat production....most will not go broody and set a nest....


Lynch in E.TX    Posted 01-31-2003 at 08:59:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
email me it won't let me write mor than one sentence.


bill b va    Posted 01-31-2003 at 08:48:43       [Reply]  [No Email]

you must have pro choice hens . were they exposed to any libbers ? some of the old hens you see on tv have some real tall cock and hen stories


Lynch in E.TX    Posted 01-31-2003 at 08:45:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What kind of hens do you have?


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