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How long to wait for possible chicks to hatch?

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:/Can someone tell me how long I should wait to assume the 6 eggs are not going to hatch.  I have a hen that's been brooding on 6 eggs now for approx. 24 days. I have an active rooster who is all the time
riding the hens.... so I'm assuming some were fertilized.  I'm new at this. I didn't candle the eggs.  How long should I wait?  What do I do with them?

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She should kick the eggs out if they are bad, but I'm kinda new at this too.  I'd say give her a couple more days. If she got off the nest and the eggs cooled a little they will take longer to hatch than 21 days.

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please visit our facebook page "Holiday Farm" or www.holidayfarmberlin.com
RIP my beloved horse Bandit, 1983-1/31/10...Adopted 3 barn cats, constant cat foster mom.
My family: FXH, Buddy the dog, 3 house cats, Koko the QH, two mini's: Stumpy & Skyler, 2 EE's, 9 Ameraucana/Aurcana, and more hatching!
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She gets off the nest once a day for about 10 minutes... today is day 25...... she's committed to sitting on them.... I'll give it a few more days.

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