I have 5 hens sitting on 3 nest. I'm not sure how many eggs, 3 maybe 4 dz. eggs. The first nest I let them have started on 3/14. I know others in the flock layed eggs after the first ones I let her keep (at the time there was only 1 hen) I was hoping she would hatch the eggs and stop being broody. But really all it did was get more hens to sit. If I have it figured right, this means the first eggs should have hatched 4/3. Right? I do lift the chickens up and set them back down to see if there are babies (the nest is on the wall and babies would have to fall 3 ft to the ground). I know I have rotten ones as I smell them, but how do I figure out which ones are good and which are bad at this point? I have in the past tried moving the eggs to a nest on the ground and all that happened there was she abandoned the nest :( I also still have 3 hens and a Guinea laying eggs every day (2 have moved to another nesting box so I remove them daily. I cant really say the Guinea is laying in the boxes as last year she would lay outside the coop (they free range in the afternoon.) I know one of the hens has had at least 1 baby before the snake got it (then we got the snake).
also, how long should I let them keep these eggs?
Thanks for the help