Brooding hen with eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by VJSchilling, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. VJSchilling

    VJSchilling New Egg

    Apr 14, 2011
    How long is it ok for the hen sitting on eggs to leave the nest?
  2. janinepeters

    janinepeters Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2009
    Hmm, I guess it would depend on the temperature. In warm weather, the eggs will not cool as quickly, so she can leave for longer. This is why with wild birds, a cold snap in spring can destroy a clutch. Too hard for the female to get enough to eat, while at the same time keep the eggs warm enough.

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