Originally Posted by Ridgerunner
We all have different experiences. Last year I had a black snake eat the eggs out from under a broody hen in the middle of the afternoon. She offered no resistance but was just setting there when I walked in. Talk about creepy. I kept fake eggs under her to keep her going and hatched some chicks for her in the incubator. She accepted them and raised them all without a loss. The snake did not touch the fake eggs, just the real eggs, and was not around to bother the chicks.
But two other times I walked in the coop and found a snake that had eaten two golf balls out of an empty nests. They were not able to get back through the hole they came in becauseof the golf balls. I don't try to predict what will happen, just accept that a lot of different things can happen and deal with it as best I can.
I've found cracked eggs under a broody too. I'm not sure if that came from other hens wanting to lay with her or if that one may have fought off a snake or maybe even something else.
Most of the time there is no real drama with a broody and eggs, but every now and then, I get a story.
- I'm certainly not trying to be argumentative. Just sharing my experience. The only snakes we have here are garter snakes, and I've never seen one near the chicken coop. The ones in the barn are relatively unprotected, so who knows what could happen? If I get a broody in the coop this year, I think I'm going to give it another try. I'm already incubating 37 eggs (Pretty sure 31 of them are good, not sure of the others), and will be getting 25 chicks in the mail, so I'll have plenty if it doesn't work.
Originally Posted by sunflowerenvy
Last year i have 2 hens sitting in a nest box after 31 days i end up throw 60eggs alll of them away due to smell off rotten eggs.
Do you wait until one of the hen nesty before give her eggs?
i gather the eggs for daily but i leave them on the counter in the house before i used them [eating them] can i gave some back to the first whole day after she sit on nest?
when can i candle the egg to see if it is ferite?
how long does it take to hatch an egg under a chicken?
- It should work to take them off your kitchen counter and give them to a broody, if you're positive that you have one. There is no point in trying to give them to one who isn't. Last time I had a broody, I know because she was on the nest every time I went to pick eggs, and was very feisty with me when I'd check under her. I'd give it a couple of days at least to be sure. I've never candled eggs when a broody is on them. I just let her be. Last time, I had no idea they weren't fertile until she'd been setting for 24 days and nothing hatched. I went to the farm supply store and bought her some chicks, slipped them under her at night and took the eggs. When I cracked them open, none had developed. If you want to candle, I'd wait until day 7 - development is so obvious by then. It takes approximately 21 days to hatch under a chicken, just like with an incubator. I prefer using a broody because you know that the conditions will always be ideal for hatching. If the eggs are fertile, there's a good hatch rate. The advantage to an incubator is, you can thatch them when you want them.