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My hen has been brooding for about 16-17 days now nonstop and all of a sudden today she left her eggs and went outside with the others and hasn't returned. It's been about 4-5 hours and I'm worried her babies are dead now ūüėĘ It's about 65 degrees here today. I put a heat lamp high up over them to try and help, but how do I get her to come back and lay on them?
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G’Day from down under chickmomma5683  :frow Welcome!

 

I am sorry that I am not able to answer your question regarding your broody apparently giving up on her eggs.  You might want to try posting your predicament on the Incubating & Hatching Forum: http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/5/incubating-hatching-eggs

 

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:welcome

 

I don't have experience with a broody abandoning her eggs but Teila has given you a good place to get some help. 

 

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Apparently your hen wasn't fully committed to  mommy-hood.  If it was her first time, that is understandable.  Main thing is you have to brood the eggs yourself,  putting them in an incubator and monitoring temperature and humidity settings.  It is possible she didn't feel the eggs were viable, so abandoned them.  If you know how to candle eggs you could see if they are still alive.

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Hi and welcome to BYC - sorry to hear about your broodies sudden decision to quit. As D/Diva says, if you have an incubator, it may be worth a shot. Here's a link to candling which may help to determine if they are viable, although there may not too much to see at such an advanced state of development - http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/261876/chicks-are-here-egg-candling-pics-progression-though-incubation

 

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