Broody hen died

HollyRuggles1980

Hatching
Sep 1, 2021
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How long can the eggs survive if not kept warm? Broody hen was laying on about 19 eggs when I found that she was killed this morning. Quickly put her eggs under other broody hen, but they were cold. Other broody hen is doing her best to lay on about 30 eggs now. Are the chicks going to die from lack of heat for about 5 to 6 hours?
 

Huntmaster

Crowing
May 2, 2021
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Other broody hen is doing her best to lay on about 30 eggs now. Are the chicks going to die from lack of heat for about 5 to 6 hours?
When you put more eggs under a broody than she can properly cover you will usually get very bad hatch rate %. Because outer eggs get cold and die then hen turns and moves eggs and bad eggs get moved under and other good eggs get moved out and then those die so on and so on until very few good eggs make it to hatch.
 

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