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I need some advice about my broody hen.  She is a 3 yr old Buff Orpington.  We gave her a private spot to sit with a private run.  She can see the rest of the flock inside and outside but they are separated by fencing.  We gave her 10 eggs on May 9 and she immediately began sitting.  She will leave the nest only for a couple minutes per day to attend her needs and go right back to the nest.  

 

Well, Friday afternoon (4-29), at least 2 hatched.  This was day 20, I believe.  Saturday, I saw we had at least a total of 4 chicks hatched.  Sunday, I saw 6 chicks total.  I noticed her off the nest but not outside so I took a peek at the nest and there are still 4 eggs not hatched yet.  This morning I went out to do my usual clean up, feed up and check on her.  Well those other 4 eggs have still not hatched.  I feel certain they were fertile.  2 of these eggs belong to my rooster's favorite hen.  

 

      My questions are....Could these other 4 still hatch?.....Will she at some point make the              decision to leave these if need be?  I believe today is day 23.  I don't think any of 

              these 4 remaining have pipped yet.

 

A little more info about Mama Bird (this is her name).  She went broody at 1 yr old and raised 4 babies.  She did not go broody at 2 yrs old.  So this is her second time raising a clutch.  She did a great job and was a VERY protective mother the first time.  She is not a bird who likes to be handled and will peck anyone who sticks their hand near!!!  I have other hens who love to be handled and allow more interaction when raising babies...but NOT Mama Bird!

 

Could someone with more experience than I please tell me how to proceed.  I would love to candle these last 4 eggs but unless I catch her off the nest, don't know how I can???

 

Thanks so much!  This is a wonderful site I have learned so much reading here.  I would like to be a more active participant.  We have been keeping chickens for about 3 yrs now.  Gosh, there is always so much to learn!

 

NanaK

 

PS   I did put a small amount of chick feed and a small waterer in with them so she could take care of them while she sits on the others.  She did take them outside this morning for about 3 minutes.  They have food and water outside in their private area too.

 

 

 

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post #2 of 8
Other members may do things differently, but I usually give a window of 48 hours from the first hatch before considering the remaining eggs non-viable. Thereafter I discard the eggs and let momma get on with raising her babies.

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Thanks for the quick reply.  I have read it could take 2-4 days.  I felt like it was getting time to remove them.  Just wanted to hear more opinions.  She was serious about getting back on them this morning.  I just hate to give up too soon!:hit

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That's understandable, so why not wait another day or so? Your chicks have food and water, so they are fine. Leaving it for a bit will do no harm.

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Let us know how it goes

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I greatly appreciate you sharing your experience with me.  I guess I worry too much.  lol

NanaK

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You are most welcome. What I have learned is that advice is great, but doing what ultimately feels right is usually the best way forward. Worrying is normal - you are fretting a lot less than I did with my first hatch, I promise you! smile.png

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Ahh, yes you are right! My aunt who is a retired nurse and almost 70 yrs old always says, "sometimes you just have to go with your heart".  Doesn't matter what I ask her.  lol  Words from the wise, I guess.  

Hope you have a great day!

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