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

    Jun 28, 2011
    Tipperary, Ireland
    Maybe build an emergency incubator for them? Here are some incubator build threads that will tell you how/what to do:

    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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