Sorry about your hen, Peeps. That has to be a hard thing to go through....I will continue to try to find my female's nest, but it will be next to impossible. My only recourse might be to keep her penned until she stops laying? I don't know what to do except keep looking for the nest. How do you find a nest in the thick woods? I've been out with binoculars which are tough because they don't see through trees, I've followed them for 2.5 hours....I'll keep going.
I already have plans for a second incubator for hatching with no turner. That seemed to make the most sense to me, and I can keep incubating. I'll figure all this out and get a good system going, I hope. I'm just wanting a few keets to hatch from my 5/19 set, and if I haven't killed the keets by washing the two eggs I took this morning, that would be nice, too. (understatement). I didn't soak them, I just wet my fingers and rubbed off the poop. Then I dried them lightly but carefully. That would be my luck - to have killed them. I won't do it again, though.
Ideally I'll want one set in the 1588, and the hatches coming in the other incubator. Haven't gotten it yet. Will get it in the next few days. I've been marking the eggs with pencil so that will be okay.
I think George is truly PO'd with the whole thing, or thoroughly confused, but I'm not helping the situation, or making it easy on her. She doesn't really have a place to lay her eggs. Can't ask my husband to build the coop until time allows - - he works a LOT.
Time is running out, I know. It's stressing me out...big time.