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Broody Hen...how do you count day 1

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MuskokaChick, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. MuskokaChick

    MuskokaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 silkie hens and one of them is sitting...she was sitting off and on yesterday, so I didn't think she was broody quite yet...

    This morning I opened their pen and she ran off the egg ran outside and did the biggest dump I have ever seen...gross and then she ate a few bites and back on the eggs...she has come off for nothing since so it is safe to assume tomorrow is day 1? There were 11 eggs between them yesterday...and I haven't been able to count to see if they have stopped laying today...

    I also have 8 in the incubator (day 9) with 5 of them with moving chicks. [​IMG]

    Just wanted an idea when to expect her chicks...

    tia
     
  2. Zaxby's2

    Zaxby's2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today is probably day one but since a brood can have chicks hatch over the course of a couple days then it shouldn't matter too much.
     
  3. MuskokaChick

    MuskokaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just went out to see if I could lure her off her eggs with some of her fav treat (cooked rice) and she just puffed up and growled...

    I am thinking tomorrow would be Day 1, if she stays put for the most part right?

    What is a normal time for her to be off the nest per day??? 30 min? longer...less?

    atia
     
  4. MuskokaChick

    MuskokaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Zaxby's2 :

    Today is probably day one but since a brood can have chicks hatch over the course of a couple days then it shouldn't matter too much.

    ok cool...thanks [​IMG]
     

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