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

    Mar 19, 2015
    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 Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    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.

  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    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, but that seems to work for new layers.

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