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I have 7 rir hens and 1 rir roo. One of my hens is bloody and has been sitting on the eggs of all 7 hens. I am not able to touch any of the eggs bc if I do she will break them all. How am I supposed to know if she will hatch any out? I have grabbed a couple that she nocked out of her nest. And they pad the water test and from what I can see there is nothing in them. How long till they hatch?
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The hen should leave the nest at least a couple times a day to eat, drink and poo,  even if you have to force her to do so.  In the interim   remove some eggs  and keep the other hens away from her.  First she cannot hatch a big group of eggs, second  as they are added maybe day by day,  they will not be hatching age at the same time.

 

If you don't know when she first started sitting in earnest, there is no way to know when the eggs should be hatching.  Some broody mama's will hatch a couple chicks and then   abandon the  rest of the eggs.  If you had an incubator,  you would have them in there.

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post #4 of 7
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I pulled all the eggs and candled them. They were dud. I think that bc of the # of eggs she couldn't keep them warm. I'll try to keep the other girls out thanks
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Hi and welcome to BYC. Its often better to plan hatching - if you see a hen acting broody, then begin collecting and storing eggs for setting under her once you are sure that she is committed to being broody. 

 

All the best next time

CT

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Today she has chosen a smaller area to nest all day. And it looks like it is keeping the others out
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