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Broody Abandoned Nest

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ThomsonCentennialFarm, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. It appears my broody has abandoned her nest. Today is day 15. Yesterday she was off a good portion of the day, but other hens were in and out of the nest box laying most of the day. I was able to coerce her back on the nest last night, but I don't know if she stayed on or not. Tonight when I went out, she was off again and the eggs are cool. When I candled on day 11, there were at least 8 live eggs. I don't know what to do at this point. I don't have an incubator and we're not close enough to hatch to just put them under a lamp/on a heating pad. Should I candle tonight and see if perhaps the eggs died? Leave them and hope for the best?
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member 7 Years

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    Maybe build an emergency incubator for them? Here are some incubator build threads that will tell you how/what to do:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=19675
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=21547
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=8510
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=19496

    If you can keep the eggs at a temperature of 101*F, measured at the top of the eggs (assuming you won't bother with a fan at this stage) and keep the humidity somewhere between 40% and 50% they should be o.k. Turn them 3-5 times a day until day 18 and then bump up the humidity to 65% until they've hatched. Good luck!
     

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