Originally Posted by kilby
Very nice. She still sitting on all of them I hope. Congrats.
She hasn't got up yet, she did pivot when I checked on her today, but only after most of the chicks came out to investigate.
Originally Posted by Bernadine503
Congratulations! What did you do with the broken eggs?
She started pecking/eating one so I figured she knew best and left them in place.
Originally Posted by PD-Riverman
Sounds like you are going to have a nest of babies. It might not hurt your hens hatch in your area, but I would Never lift/tilt my hen during her hatch----like in your picture---doing so releases the moisture she had built up to help her babies hatch. I did that some years back and ended up with eggs that did not hatch from each hen I bothered. I set 62 hens in the last year or so ----never bothering her/them during the hatch and all 62 hatched about every fertile egg. So with those results you can be asured I will never bother them during the hatch---my experience---your Milage/experience may very. Good Luck
This was my 3rd hatch and much more successful then the first 2 attempts, excitement got the better of me. Future hatches will be more hands off.
The total count was 9 of 12; the losses were, 1 infertile, 1 quitter, and 1 at hatch (it pipped in the middle a little closer to the small end).