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Broody Hen - 22 days & NO hatching :-(

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I have a broody RIR hen and allowed her to sit on 8 eggs.  2 weeks later, I came out to check on her as I do every day and found 1 egg shell broken and in pieces and the egg missing and the other was nicely rolled out of her brooder box nest.  When we did research (told it was probably a bad egg) we cracked it open only to find the eyes had formed but nothing else.  Yesterday (which was supposed to be "hatching day") I found another egg missing now leaving me with 5.  Still no chics...should I be getting nervous??

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Possibly! Any time after 21 days and things start getting a bit iffy. After 23 days i would suggest discarding the eggs as any that do survive are likely to be weak and have a greater chance of dying soon thereafter.

 

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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Had you done any candling, like half way thru to see if they were developing?

Did you count the day you gave her the eggs as day 1 or the next day? Common mistake, I still do it.

 

I'd give it until day 24/25.

 

I bet starting this thread will get them pipping....lol.....JK, but that seems to work for new layers.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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