Broody Hen, Eggs ready to Hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by myduckistink, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. myduckistink

    myduckistink Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 24, 2010
    I have a broody hen that has been sitting for 21 days now. For the past two days, I haven't been able to get her off the nest, even with her favorite treat, cracked corn. (She had been getting up for a few minutes when I refilled her feeder and water). I wondered if this was a sign that the chicks were hatching soon. She's been fidgeting a bunch, but I don't hear any peeps. Thanks so much!
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2013
  2. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

    Apr 1, 2007
    N. Carolina
    Most likely she feels them rocking and rolling under her. I always keep a small waterer with marbles and chick crumbles on a paper towel nearby her. That way she can eat and drink without getting off the nest. She knows the humidity needs to be high for the hatch so that's another reason she's not moving.

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