Broody hen has left her eggs!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cluck love, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. cluck love

    cluck love Out Of The Brooder

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    How long can a broody hen safely leave her nest of eggs, in other words, how long can fertile eggs be left alone?
     
  2. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    Quote:Mine ususally only leave for about 30 minutes before they get back on. I've had one that would never leave the nest and we had to remove her so she could go to the bathroom every other day!!
     
  3. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Quote:I've had hens sit on the wrong nest for hours, and even had this happen during temps in the 30s. It's fortunate that they are designed to withstand variable conditions and absences, or we would have a lot fewer birds!

    I wouldn't worry, but make sure when she gets up for her pott/eating break she goes back to the correct nest. THey can be off for hours, however, and still have a successful hatch.
     
  4. cluck love

    cluck love Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! This mom in particular, has 2 babies that are two days old and two more eggs soon to hatch (I hope) and has left her nest in order to train her chicks. She is taking her time with the chicks, which is great she is an amazing mom, I'm just a little nervous about those eggs, shes been off them for about 2hrs.
     
  5. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    Mine usually stays on the nest for about 2 days after the first chick hatches. After that she concentrates totally on her babies!
     

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