Bantum Hen Not Hatching

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by Linda Stumph, Nov 27, 2013.

  1. Linda Stumph

    Linda Stumph Out Of The Brooder

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    Mar 8, 2013
    Hello,

    Well, a new mystery this morning with the same bantum hen that lost one of her chicks. We moved her and her eggs yesterday after having another hen in the coop do something to the new born chick. Now she has 4 eggs left. Last night and this morning she was not laying on her eggs. We candled them and all four have a baby chick in them. We put her back on her eggs several times and she won't stay. So we decided to bring the eggs in the house, we put them on a heating pad on low heat. The eggs were cold, not freezing cold but cold. I am turning them often. Now they are nice and warm again. Does anyone think there is a chance they will hatch? Do you have other suggestions?

    Thank you,
    Linda
     
  2. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    It sounds like you do not have a incubator but you have the necessary
    items around the house that heating pad should be put in a box and
    some old t-shirts put over it then put in the eggs and a lid on top to
    keep down the draft and a thermometer and try to keep it around 100
    degrees as you do not have a fan to move the air or then it would be
    99.5 degrees ...... Best of luck on your endeavor ..... Brooding hens
    should not be moved as it is a 50/50 chance what they will do so I always
    try to put a 5 sided cage I made from wire to put over them for no moment
    of the hen but to each their own tricks .......
    Happy holidays ....

    gander007
     
  3. Linda Stumph

    Linda Stumph Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for your reply. The first time our hen went broody we let her hatch and raise her babies because everything went fine and she gave us a hen and a rooster. This time we were expecting the same thing, but it didn't work out that way and so we tried to hatch the eggs ourselves. We do not have an incubator, but we put the heating pad up like you suggested. It has been between 95-100 degrees for the last couple days. Next time we will take your advice with the wire and see if that works. We appreciate your advice.
    Linda
     
  4. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    I hope all works out for you with the egg's just don't let any
    cold drafts get to them...
    Enjoy the weekend ......

    gander007
     

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