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Yes, it's definitely hot and humid here, not chicken body temperature hot, though. Alright, I thought I'd ask before I chucked the eggs, thinking they'd done died. Pardon my ignorance. I've kept chickens for only 2 years and never attempted to hatch eggs until now.

Definitely not ignorance! I just went through my first broody a few months ago.....I asked a bazillion questions on here smile.png

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Originally Posted by ShinShien View Post
 

Yes, it's definitely hot and humid here, not chicken body temperature hot, though. Alright, I thought I'd ask before I chucked the eggs, thinking they'd done died. Pardon my ignorance. I've kept chickens for only 2 years and never attempted to hatch eggs until now.

Nothing wrong with asking questions! :)  The eggs may feel cool on the outside, but the insides don't cool down immediately when the hen gets off of them (or the incubator gets unplugged, or whatever...). I figure you might as well keep the hen on them, or keep them in the incubator until at least a couple of days past the expected hatch date, just because you never know. The worst thing that will happen is, they won't hatch. So then you try again. You just never know what's going to happen as sometimes they can pleasantly surprise you. 

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Nothing wrong with asking questions! :)  The eggs may feel cool on the outside, but the insides don't cool down immediately when the hen gets off of them (or the incubator gets unplugged, or whatever...). I figure you might as well keep the hen on them, or keep them in the incubator until at least a couple of days past the expected hatch date, just because you never know. The worst thing that will happen is, they won't hatch. So then you try again. You just never know what's going to happen as sometimes they can pleasantly surprise you. 

They're under a broody australorp. I was gonna candle them eventually, but it's only been 3 days so far.

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Yes, it's definitely hot and humid here, not chicken body temperature hot, though. Alright, I thought I'd ask before I chucked the eggs, thinking they'd done died. Pardon my ignorance. I've kept chickens for only 2 years and never attempted to hatch eggs until now.

My hen left her eggs and climbed into the wrong nest box back at around day 5. I waited a couple days and candled the eggs and they appeared to be alive and developing despite getting cold that day. In the end she hatched 6 out of 7 eggs, they hatched on the night of day 20 actually. So no harm done by her not sitting on them for a while.

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The bantam mystery egg hatched. Only egg that did. "Hello, my name's Squirt right now. I have grayish down, feathered legs and blackish skin. What the heck am I?"

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post #46 of 48

I am worried

I have a hen not one year old yet who I THINK is broody ive been reading about separating her from her nest and have her in a cat carrier in my house! it is cold outside and she seemed to be so cold

I wonder if it is somethibng else/

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any thoughts will be appreciated

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any thoughts will be appreciated


I'm confused, do you want her to be broody or are you wanting to break her of being broody?   What other things are you concerned about, do you believe she may be ill?   Although its not typical for hens to go broody in the winter I am having a not normal year, I keep getting them going broody in pairs, the one I finally allowed was the most stubborn so I gave in and let her have eggs, but its not the hens I worry about but the chicks once they hatch..

 

I'm not here a lot so I'll follow up with my own suggestions either way.

 Chickens can stand the cold way better then us humans, what we deem cold is not for them. I do not heat my coop and its open on one side, here in the pacific Northwest a few years ago we had a severe cold spell (for us anyways) it stayed around 0 or lower for nearly two weeks.. I didn't lose any chickens.

 If you want to break her (I am breaking a hen as we speak) then what I do is place them in a wire bottom cage suspended off the ground with no bedding, the cold air hitting their bellies is what does the trick, depending on the stubbornness of your hen it could take anywhere from 2 nights and days to a whole week.

  I also have a brooding hen, I gave her eggs 4 days ago.. She is in a nest within the main coop, I board up her nest during most of the day so the other hens wont bother her and let her out an hour or so before dusk.  She is no bothered by the cold at all.

 I wouldn't think of bringing her into the house but again, that's just me

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