Broody Hen - 22 days & NO hatching :-(

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by firsttimechic, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. firsttimechic

    firsttimechic Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a broody RIR hen and allowed her to sit on 8 eggs. 2 weeks later, I came out to check on her as I do every day and found 1 egg shell broken and in pieces and the egg missing and the other was nicely rolled out of her brooder box nest. When we did research (told it was probably a bad egg) we cracked it open only to find the eyes had formed but nothing else. Yesterday (which was supposed to be "hatching day") I found another egg missing now leaving me with 5. Still no chics...should I be getting nervous??
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Possibly! Any time after 21 days and things start getting a bit iffy. After 23 days i would suggest discarding the eggs as any that do survive are likely to be weak and have a greater chance of dying soon thereafter.

    CT
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Had you done any candling, like half way thru to see if they were developing?
    Did you count the day you gave her the eggs as day 1 or the next day? Common mistake, I still do it.

    I'd give it until day 24/25.

    I bet starting this thread will get them pipping....lol.....JK, but that seems to work for new layers.
     

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