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Tell me everything! 1st broody, found ?week? nest, how do I check them??

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She went and made a nest in the woods behind our house, we just realized it. Thinking it has been about 2 weeks. ((Not sure why she didn't just use the coop)) :-(
Reading, it sounds like I need to candle them and mark them? 21 day gestation?
OR do I just leave them under her until approximately day 25 then give up and take them?????
I have absolutely NO clue what I am doing but am SO excited!!!!
Edited by smcdermott - 11/7/15 at 9:11pm

First Time Chicken Chick, learning as I go. So far, So good

A nice mix of about 25 ladies and 1 rotten Lavender Rooster

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First Time Chicken Chick, learning as I go. So far, So good

A nice mix of about 25 ladies and 1 rotten Lavender Rooster

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Are the eggs fertile.???    Just bring the whole group of eggs into nest box inside coop and place hens bushey  on top of eggs.   Hen being broody will sit on them there with no hesitation..

WISHING YOU A SUCCESSFUL HATCH.  :thumbsup

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Oh yes, they are definitely fertile.
I was going to do that at night but every 2 out of 3 people I ask say that if I move her and the eggs, she may lose her desire to finish sitting on them?????

First Time Chicken Chick, learning as I go. So far, So good

A nice mix of about 25 ladies and 1 rotten Lavender Rooster

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First Time Chicken Chick, learning as I go. So far, So good

A nice mix of about 25 ladies and 1 rotten Lavender Rooster

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Oh yes, they are definitely fertile.
I was going to do that at night but every 2 out of 3 people I ask say that if I move her and the eggs, she may lose her desire to finish sitting on them?????


She may, she may not. Since you have a constant supply of fertile eggs, then even if she does abandon them you have lots more to put under her or another broody. 

 

Personally, i don't candle eggs - just set them and let momma do her thing. They should all hatch with 24 hours of each other (in theory) - any that don't i give very gentle shake to see if i can detect liquid inside and discard those. 

 

Letting a hen sit and raise chicks is a great experience - no stress for humans as mum does all the work. Gosh, i breed them just for the heck of it and then give them away cos i enjoy seeing them in the garden doing "chick things". Maybe i need to see a shrink!:D

 

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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Oh yes, they are definitely fertile.
I was going to do that at night but every 2 out of 3 people I ask say that if I move her and the eggs, she may lose her desire to finish sitting on them?????


This is my opinion and thinking.  You will also understand why  I come up with this conclusion..

 

Maybe the 2 out of 3 peeps are wrong.     When  a hen goes broody,  she does so due to hormone influence.    In order to make one get out of broodiness, there are tricks peeps do to have this come about.    One practical way is to put hen into a wire cage  with a wire bottom inside the coop.     Keep her as a prisoner in cage, but do feed and provide water.     No straw, or towel under hen.    This chills her belly and broodiness ceases after a few days.   Hen returns to laying eggs after a little while.  That is the most common reason to stop broodiness.  Peeps just want them eggs..  YOU EAT............... YOU MAKE EGGS.!!!!!!!!!!!.     So if you prepare a nice nest inside coop ,, grab the whole clutch of eggs, and  place into nest.    Then place her into a comfortable nest on her WARM EGGS   :jumpy   WHO WOULD LEAVE..:idunno

 

I have hens go broody on me every so often..    Have no rooster, so no fertile eggs.    They sit on other chickens eggs as well.   I just steal those eggs everyday, and the hen doesn't even realize it is happening.   It doesn't bother me  that she is broody . Eventually they stop being broody on their own  .   My goal is not to get as many eggs as  possible. (that is my goal, and others have different views) My chickens are PETS only...   If they are not laying due to weather, daylight shortage, molting, or just plain not feeling like doing so, Its fine with me.  They are PETS.    

People that raise chickens in serious quantities do need to  be concerned if the egg production is down..   I DO UNDERSTAND THEM ALSO.  :)

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