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Broody hen accidentally brakes fertile egg

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by alyxl02, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. alyxl02

    alyxl02 In the Brooder

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    Hi,

    My broody hen who was originally sitting on 5 fertile and viable eggs and then accidentally stood and broke one open. The chick was already formed and quite large 10 days into the 20 day process. Is it normal or occasional that my hen has accidentally broke her own fertile egg and is it normal for it to be that large.

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    Last edited: Jan 25, 2014

  2. alaskanchickens

    alaskanchickens Chirping

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    If she's a young hen and this is her first time, yes. An egg at 10 days should take up roughly 1/4 of the egg. Google has some good charts. How big was it?
     
  3. alyxl02

    alyxl02 In the Brooder

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    Yes it is her first time... The chick was about 3 cm long and had really big eyes and his/her toes and beak were just starting to form.
     
  4. alaskanchickens

    alaskanchickens Chirping

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    Sounds about right. Next time she will be more careful I'm sure.
     
  5. Alright [​IMG] great to have ya here [​IMG]



    All part of the process and this happens along with other things [​IMG]
     
  6. alyxl02

    alyxl02 In the Brooder

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    Thanks so much!

    Alyxl02
     
  7. alyxl02

    alyxl02 In the Brooder

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    Ok thanks :)

    Alyxl02
     

  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Make sure that other hens are not trying to get into the nest and fight with her.
     
  9. alyxl02

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    None of the other chooks actually know she has eggs and plus she is the feisty kind of leader of all my chooks so no one messes with her I you know what I mean ;)
     

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