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Time to remove eggs from nest?

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My hen hatched 5 of 8 eggs. This morning when I checked on her and the babies, she had ripped the nest apart. She is still sitting on the eggs but she has them on the patch with no straw. It is two days since the last baby hatched out, so is it time to remove the unhatched eggs? Is that her way of saying they aren't viable?

 

Also, does the mama hen eat the egg shells after the chick hatches? I feel stupid asking, but, I don't find any shells in her pen and there is just no where else for the shells to go.

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Never mind, she got off nest on her own and she is eating the shells.

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Remove the unhatched eggs....it's fine if she eat the shells from the ones that did hatch.

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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