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I need some advice.

 

I have a broody that hatched two chicks on Friday (day 20) and then got up off the remaining 4 eggs some time between Sat. morning and afternoon. They were cold to the touch when I found them but I stuck them under another broody. I just went to check on them and one is starting to crack.

 

Should I return it to hen #1 tonight and hope it hatches overnight and she'll accept it? Or should I let the hen #2 hatch it and return the chick tomorrow night to hen #1 and hope she'll raise it? I can't leave the chick with the current broody as her eggs aren't set to hatch for 2 more weeks.

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I would try to place them under hen#1 as soon as you can but do it at night she will be more apt to accept them.

I live in Northeastern New Mexico. Live on a 2.5 acres with my husband of 38 yrs.(husband pass away 6/13/16), 2 dogs, 2 cats,    I have SLC, Blue laced Red Wy, Partridge Cochin, Blue, Black & White Cochins, Americanas, Cuckoo Marans Roo, Dominque Roo,  Blue Bar Roo, Buff Orps, Lavender Wy, Black & Blue French Cooper Marans, French Wheaton Marans, Cuckoo Marans , Dominque , Blue bar  Whiting...

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I live in Northeastern New Mexico. Live on a 2.5 acres with my husband of 38 yrs.(husband pass away 6/13/16), 2 dogs, 2 cats,    I have SLC, Blue laced Red Wy, Partridge Cochin, Blue, Black & White Cochins, Americanas, Cuckoo Marans Roo, Dominque Roo,  Blue Bar Roo, Buff Orps, Lavender Wy, Black & Blue French Cooper Marans, French Wheaton Marans, Cuckoo Marans , Dominque , Blue bar  Whiting...

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False alarm: turns out that the egg in question is from Hen #2. There was a small divot in it but not a crack right through. I've done some research and repaired it using several layers of nail polish.

 

I cracked open the 4 unhatched eggs - all empty.

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