Brooding chicken

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cluck love, May 29, 2011.

  1. cluck love

    cluck love Out Of The Brooder

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    Aug 21, 2010
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    We have 4 RR hens and a BR rooster. For the last 3 weeks a broody hen has been sitting on the eggs and so far nothing has happened. She started off sitting on 3 eggs and now there are 5 there. She comes down to drink and eat and then goes back to sitting on the eggs. We figure at least one egg has to have been fertilized? Is there a good way to tell if an egg is about to hatch? She gets very agitated if we get too close. We can see the eggs when she is out of the coop eating. They look normal.
     
  2. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2010
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    You don't know the date she started sitting?

    I would candle and see what/if theres anything in there. If you see veins/cloudiness

    or mass the egg is fertile and growing. Be sure to use a bright light to candle, and I

    would do all this at night - when it's darkest.


    Candling Thread ( shows lots of pictures on what to look for in the egg )
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=261876
     

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