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    probably a good idea to mark the eggs she's already sitting on, if you intend to leave them with her because the other hens may well lay in her box and that way you will know which are the fresh eggs. (I would take them away, she'll still be broody, but probably not for quite so long - some hens are really determined sitters if they are on eggs or a pot egg).

    Also bear in mind that an unfertilized egg that has been kept warm for a week or three can become a stinky explosion if carelessly handled!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mothhawk View Post
    probably a good idea to mark the eggs she's already sitting on,
    Also bear in mind that an unfertilized egg that has been kept warm for a week or three can become a stinky explosion if carelessly handled!

    She isnt sitting on any eggs cos I take them out every morning when I leave for work - I thought this should discourage her from sitting. Hasnt worked so far

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    Thank you for all your thoughts - looks like I wl just let them get on with it - let them have a holiday
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey View Post
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    Which cell in Alcatraz works better the one on top of the hill or by the beach?
    It sounds horrible but so is taking eggs from underneath her. They can carry on being broody for weeks and their health goes down hill.
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    Really? I hadnt thought of that - think I may have some rubber eggs somewhere; I will have to look them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gorsty View Post
    Really? I hadnt thought of that - think I may have some rubber eggs somewhere; I will have to look them out.
    Think you've got wrong end of stick there. No eggs.

    Put them in Sin Bins as advised by Scarlet - safe secure location (away from Fox, Badger, other predators) with food and water.

    Rubber eggs can be used to keep the hen broody until you set hatching eggs....
    or to identify a nest site where you want hens to lay.

    All best..

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Shoes View Post
    Think you've got wrong end of stick there. No eggs.


    All best..
    Yes, thought I was being unfair taking eggs away from her LOL
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    Default Sin bin here we come

    Have just been up to see what they are up to and both broody hens are in the nesting area and wont let the others in so it looks like they are going to have to go to the sin bin for a few days.

    I have got a large dog crate so am planning to take the metal tray out of the bottom and put it on the top of the crate (in case it rains) and put them in there for a few days, obviously with food and water and a perch. Will place it next to the main house, under the trees.

    I keep my girls behind an electric fence so they should be safe.

    Is there anything else I need to think about?

    Jan

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