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How long can a broody hen be off her nest? How good of a hatch rate can I be expecting?

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Hello I currently have 2 bourbon red hens laying on eggs and at times they get off for up to 45 minutes. Is that normal?
I would also want to know how high of a hatch rate that I can be expecting, if it's high or low?
Thank you for your help
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Depending on how cold it is.  With the warmer temps it's no big deal if their off their nest 45min or longer. As far as hatch rate that depends on a lot of things.

 

This I Guarantee on your hatch rate it will be some where between 0% to 100%

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I have Bantam welsummers,   Bantam Olive eggers, MGB, LF Welsummers, BCM, BLRW, LF Buff and Golden Laced polish x Tolbunt, LF Sumatras, Bantam Sumatras, d'anvers, CCL, Bantam wyndottes   and bunch of free range birds

 

 
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I have Bantam welsummers,   Bantam Olive eggers, MGB, LF Welsummers, BCM, BLRW, LF Buff and Golden Laced polish x Tolbunt, LF Sumatras, Bantam Sumatras, d'anvers, CCL, Bantam wyndottes   and bunch of free range birds

 

 
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There is no one answer and it depends greatly on the individual hen. Some broodies are much more diligent than others. I've had 100% hatches and 0% hatches with different hens.

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