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Setting hens

It doesn’t happen all that often, but every now and then a hen takes a notion to set. This young lady is a year and a half old.

There are a number of remedies for “breaking” hens of setting. Having tried it, I would testify that it’s not worth the fight. Broody hens are remarkably fierce and are not to be messed with. Eggs get broken in the fight. Plus, I figure that allowing the hens to live according to their instincts is part of the deal. She should get over it in another couple of weeks. I’ll throw the eggs away, but I can afford the eggs.

There is no rooster here, so she is wasting her time. Not that she’s ever in a hurry about anything.


  1. Henry wrote:

    My grandad had many hens of various colors types, they were always laying and hatching new babes, I think there were ½ dozen roosters that would fight now and agin (at the time I didn’t know why). I do recall my grandad raising white pullets that he would take to market, he had a device (egg holder/light) that would check the eggs then set them in an incubator. Once in awhile I would go with him to sell them. His old truck loaded with cages stacked 4-5 high. We weren’t allowed out of the truck when he would pull into the market because thats where the cages were unloaded and the birds would disappear up side down riding a pulley system. On the way home he would stop at the market on BayShore highway, buy himself a beer; Lucky Larger I think and us a Cream soda

    Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 2:40 pm | Permalink
  2. daltoni wrote:

    Hi Henry… You are so lucky to have grown up like that!

    Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 3:15 pm | Permalink
  3. DCS wrote:

    David and readers interested in such things:

    Here is a website I stumbled on that has incredibly informative articles on all things chickeny:

    Cheers! Or cluck?


    Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

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