Another broody hatching question please?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Standard Hen, May 12, 2008.

  1. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Songster

    May 17, 2007
    Massachusetts
    As most of you know (because I can't stop talking about it) I have my first time broody ever and the hatch is due this weekend. When I went out to collect eggs a little while ago she was actually off the nest so I looked in and can't really see the eggs, it looks like they are all buried in the hay, all I could see were 2. The coop stinks awful, next time I do this when I separate I will not leave her locked in like that, I will open the door during the day and have a little safety pen of some sort attached off the coop so only she can get in and out. At least so she can go to the bathroom, she is a white rock and has poop stains all over her belly, I want to just empty that little coop but I know there is no way until after the weekend.
    My question is do they sit on their eggs all buried like that and will the chicks have a hard time getting out of the eggs? I know, nutty question but the time is almost here!
     
  2. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    I can only answer as to what I would do, I cant tell you the 'correct' thing to do. I would clean the shavings the best I can because you dont want the babies born with poop all around. I would definately unbury the eggs and leave them lying in the same spot that she has been sitting on them. Good luck.
     
  3. Chicken Cluck

    Chicken Cluck Songster

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    May 12, 2008
    I would probably take the eggs out too:)
     

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