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How long to wait on a brooding hen?

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My hen has been setting for what seems too long.  I had a dozen eggs under her and one broke a few days ago.  It had an embryo in it.  According my calendar she should have hatched a couple of days ago.  In fact, Wednesday was the 21st day.  It's now Saturday and nothing.  It's possible the chicks have died in the shell :(  How much longer should I wait before giving up?  Poor little mama hen.

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post #2 of 5

What breed is she?

And have you candled them?

 

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No, haven't candled them but I know from past experience they have at least partly developed.  She is a full sized mixed breed with the same under her.  Thanks for responding :)

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You need to candle them to see if you see movement.

 

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Will do, and thanks.  Is it normal for them to go this long?

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