Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread - Page 2660
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Anyone online? My broody will be technically in lockdown tomorrow. I have her in a cat litter box. How important is it to turn it upside down tonight.(so the chicks could actually go out) The chicks won't be able to get out the way it's set up now. How does it work with a broody hatch? The chicks hatch out and just hang out until the hatch is over? So I can just leave the box as is until the official hatch is over, then flip the box so they can follow mom off the nest?
Just leave the box like it is----the chicks will stay with her till the hatch is over and she will then come out the nest and call the chicks out---if its real deep you would have to help. They will be fine for at least 3 days without food and water so no food and water in that nest----that would cause the broody hen to eat, which would cause her to poop all over everything. They all will be fine without it---I promise. Good luck
Edited by ameliadanielle - 5/2/16 at 3:54am
So now I've seen two fluffy faces peering out. The early hatcher looks like a buff orpington/blue laced red Wyandotte cross. Baby number two looks like a blue laced gold Wyandotte (mom gold laced wyandotte, dad is a splash blue laced red wyandotte). I'm just waiting to see the silkie babies.
I've managed to hatch a few left behind eggs that were viable. Putting them in a box on a heating pad on low with some balled up paper towels sprinkled with water. Not wet, just damp. Cover the little box with a towel to hold the warmth in. I also kept a couple in my bra to keep them warm during the day and then slipped the eggs back under her at night when mama was back in the nest box with the babies. One of mine hatched out on the heating pad that way, three I just kept warm and alive until I could put them back under mama hen and then they hatched at night under the hen. Those were eggs that were abandoned but I could see movement when candling or they were internally pipped and I could hear them peeping.
Wow! Talk about dedicated. Congratulations foster momma hen. Man, I just cringed at the thought of a broken egg in your "portable incubator".