Broody hatched chicks still not giving up on last eggs wont leave nest

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CrazyCatNChickenLady, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. CrazyCatNChickenLady

    CrazyCatNChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My broody bantam cochin was sitting on 11 of her own eggs. Yesterday morning when I went to check on her she had 7 happy healthy little fluff balls(could be anywhere up to a day old when I found them) with 4 intact eggs under her. I gave them food/water on the nest because I'm pretty sure she hadn't gotten up to eat in a few days. She drank and ate a bunch and the chicks even ate some too.

    I'm pretty sure she doesn't want to give up on the last 4 eggs and is still setting. Should I just take the eggs? Candle to make sure they're not good? I have an incubator full due tuesday just in case..

    How long until she will get the chicks up and out? Would she have let them starve if I didn't give them food? OR did she not get them out because I gave them food? The nest box is elevated, so thats why I fed them up there..

    Sorry if these are all repetitive questions [​IMG] First time I've actually let her hatch eggs!
     
  2. Zaxby's2

    Zaxby's2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She'll wait a couple days for any late hatchers before getting off the nest, so yours should be fine. [​IMG] If she's still on the nest after a few days, remove the eggs. Good luck! [​IMG]
     
  3. CrazyCatNChickenLady

    CrazyCatNChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ended up candling them. 2 clear, 1 bloodring, and 1 late quitter. So I took them!
     

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