Any advice or opinions Please?
I really don't like being cold.
It is staying around 50 deg in the brooder coop even though there is lots of wind and cold outside. I added a layer of insulation half way up the coop and closed off half of the top space so there is still a gap for air exchange but less since heat rises.
Also I have been told I have a really bad nose. But I think it is gettin a bit smelly. Dont know if it is bad eggs or poo since she is not getting up. Not sure if I should bite the bullet and just take the eggs and shells from Mama If I candle and they are alive I can put them under the other broody I have and if they hatch return the chicks to Babybear.
I also moved the food dish so she would have to get up if she gets hungry again I think the chicks can reach it if they move a bit past Ma.
I could be wrong but I think this is taking too long for her. Her comb is looking a little drier than I think It should.
It has been my experience that if anything is going to hatch, it will happen within 24 hours of the first chick...sometimes 48 hours...but the vast majority of my hatches all chicks who are going to hatch do so within 24 hours of my first hatches, assuming all eggs were set at the same time.
If after 2 days nothing else has hatched, I recommend candling the eggs and giving them a sniff test, unless you sense something is off before then.
You may be smelling bad eggs now as chicks who die in the shell can deteriorate very quickly, with the right environment/temp, and can get quite smelly. Broody poo is smelly, but you should have been seeing and smelling that all along. If this is a new smell, it is likely time to clean up the nest and remove the debris or at least check the source. Babies do not need to be wading through thick poo or snuggled against bacterial egg baskets of dead chicks.
You also don't want momma languishing on those last duds when she should be taking care of the new babes. Doing so creates a new set of issues dealing with staggard chicks. My experience is those really late hatchers are never-do-wells and remain spindly and sickly. Even after carefully trying to nurture them to health, I generally lose them before adult hood either to some oddity, failure to thrive, or illness.
It sounds harsh, but if you've got healthy chicks within 36 hours of each other, and no other signs of pipping, and all eggs were set at the same time, count your chicks and toss your losses.
I made her move so I could clean the nest i took all the eggs in the house closed the bathroom door and candled 2 duds 3 I am not sure about 1 that was moving and 1 that was actively chirping Coolest thing I have seen since the ultra sounds of my human children. While I was gone she made herself comfy in a different corner I set the eggs in front of her (gone no longer than 10 minutes) She took them right under herself. after all the stinky egg shells and poo were gone I did not smell anything in the brooder anymore.
The problem is Life happened Granddaughter got sick and things got a bit hectic with Thanks giving and all the life stuff that interferes with simple joys. I fed everyone daily but didn't worry about eggs. When I finally went to collect them BabyBear was sitting. So I just let her have them I marked what was there since the Layers were molting the Banties were the only egg producers. I collected all new eggs BUT I have no Idea how far apart these eggs were. The Broodies I have had before either quit or killed the chicks some how So I figured I would clean her stinky mess and wouldn't have to break her broody cycle. ()
Now I did the long explanation so others can learn. Collect the eggs Set all at the same time! I do know Poor BabyBear is paying for my behavior. I have a friend who free ranges and when a hen goes missing she is either sitting a clutch or wont be back the chicks eventually show up with mama all different sizes.
This has been a lesson in consequences and I have bothered so many people with my how to fix it questions because i wasn't even sure how to google the questions. BYC has been very kind to me in response.
I have learned A LOT! Including how to candle properly.
She has been eating scrambled eggs with water poured on them chick starter and I put electrolytes in the waterer.
I will probably give her 2 more days and candle again even though I now know it is dangerous to the chick to candle so late But it is dangerous to the whole Clutch and Mama not to.
There are 6 of the cutest Fuzzy butts in there with her now. But it is cold so she keeps them mostly tucked in.
The people here who have helped me have been a blesing to not only me but BabyBear and her clutch as well. It was very tempting to try to look under the hood but because of the advice here i was able to resist. and she will have at least 6 healthy Babies to teach.
Again from the bottom of my heart