We have a Buff Orpington who is on Day 18 of sitting on 3 eggs. We haven't candled them as I don't want to bother her too much (when you come near her, she pecks you like crazy. It doesn't hurt, but she seems bothered and I don't want to stress her out). She got up this morning when I came out to the coop to hand out strawberry bits and sweet potato fries, so I took out the other eggs she was hoarding. If chicks are going to happen, we're thinking Sunday!! I'm kind of excited since none of our girls has shown any inclination to sit on eggs before now. A couple of questions:
- If the eggs are duds, how long do we wait to take them out?
- I was going to put a dog crate with straw/flakes and chick starter and water in the coop for her to move her chicks into. Do I need to move her with her eggs before they hatch, or just let her move them all in there when/if they hatch?