Originally Posted by cajun41887
I have 10 eggs under a broody hen. As of this afternoon, 8 are hatched and doing well. Other 2 eggs were still under hen. Checked on her tonight and she's off the 2 eggs. One has been pipped and no further progress since this morning. Chick is ALIVE and i can hear cheeping and feel movement. Other egg is nearly zipped and I can see feathers of chick, but has been zipped like this since this morning. I put eggs back under hen. This is my first hatch. Do I help, do I not? I don't want to help too early, but I don't want to wait too long either. Any thought on what I should do? Strange to me that mama would get off of them when she was a committed sitter. This is her first brood. She's being a good mama showing other chicks where water is and food. Just concerned that she was sitting on other side of nest with all her hatched chicks, and the eggs were just left.
Hope the 2 chicks hatched last night!!
Questions being this is your first time--
Did you collect these 10 eggs, fresh layed and put all 10 under her at the same time?
How did you know these 2 were not hatched/pipped/zipped before she got off the nest with the chicks? Were you picking her up or tilting her to look under her?