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Excessive HEAT WARNING!!! Need advice to possibly save my hen on her eggs!!!

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I have a hen who is about a week from her due date of her eggs hatching.  We are having EXTREME heat coming this weekend.  105-108 degrees for 2-3 days in a row. I am wondering if I should just take the eggs and finish them in an incubator and give her a rest and a chance to drink more, or if I should just let her be???  I am scared she will not be drinking enough.  I also can put misters on her but Im scared they will wet the eggs.  PLEASE HELP this weather is coming in 2 days!!  Could the eggs over heat and we loose them as well??  Still a new chicken mom and Im freaking out!!!

 

Thank you!!! 

 

P.S. She is a large fowl Orpington with tons of feathers and fluf


Edited by NewportChicken - 6/16/16 at 5:36pm
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I have a hen who is about a week from her due date of her eggs hatching.  We are having EXTREME heat coming this weekend.  105-108 degrees for 2-3 days in a row. I am wondering if I should just take the eggs and finish them in an incubator and give her a rest and a chance to drink more, or if I should just let her be???  I am scared she will not be drinking enough.  I also can put misters on her but Im scared they will wet the eggs.  PLEASE HELP this weather is coming in 2 days!!  Could the eggs over heat and we loose them as well??  Still a new chicken mom and Im freaking out!!!

Thank you!!! 
If the hen looks to warm and dehydrated then I would put a fan on her. But for now I would not worry to much
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A few weeks ago it was in the 90's. A real heat wave here in Washington state, I have a hen on eggs in a covered nest box. I took one of those cold packs (made for coolers) and slid it in next to her. It was between the hen and the side of the box. I just made sure there were no eggs touching it. The hen cuddled right up to it. The cold packs last quite a while, and if you keep a few in your freezer you can swap them when needed. I used to do this when I was showing rabbits in hot weather, too.
Edited by Weehopper - 6/18/16 at 11:46am
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Access to water that has been cooled in the fridge would be a good idea as well. If she can keep her core temperature down then she will be alright on the nest. Cool water is a great way to get her temperature down.

~Chicken Philosopher~

Our flock as it roosts:

21 Black Jersey Giant Chicks ((20 Females 1 male))

1 Black Cochin ((Free Exotic from MMM whom we adore, gender unknown))

2 Red Sex Link Hens ((Britta and Adventure Chicken))

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~Chicken Philosopher~

Our flock as it roosts:

21 Black Jersey Giant Chicks ((20 Females 1 male))

1 Black Cochin ((Free Exotic from MMM whom we adore, gender unknown))

2 Red Sex Link Hens ((Britta and Adventure Chicken))

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My broody managed to get her eggs to hatch through a heat wave here. It was 105 in May. She got off the nest and went and took a dust bath. Then she went up and hovered above her eggs and fanned them. Just make sue she is under shade and has plenty of water and food to access when she is off the nest. The really know how to cool the eggs.
post #6 of 8

We are in Arizona and just lost one that had sat too long on her eggs and got weak.  Maybe you should incubate.

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Keep an eye on them.

 

We have three broody javas that sit in their closed nest box, are barely even panting, and have been there for over a month.  However, the RIRs in the open boxes look like they're about to fall over any second.

 

Better to err on the side of cooling though.

 

Good luck.

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We lost 1 broody BSL and both of our Buff Orps to the heat in June.
On the bright side, our Gold Lace hatched 5 at the end of May, all of which are plump, active and beautiful.
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