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Broody hen off eggs to long?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Hegatha, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. Hegatha

    Hegatha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My broody hen left the nest this am to eat and drink but she was off the eggs for at least 30 mins. Is this to long for her to leave them?
     
  2. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
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    no,I wouldn't worry unless she's is off for more than an hour or two.
     
  3. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    Trust her, she knows what's what.

    I wish you a bunch of healthy chicks,

    Rancher
     
  4. farmgirlz

    farmgirlz Out Of The Brooder

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    No. That's fine. She just needed a little break to stretch her legs and spread her wings...

    Think about...you couldn't sit in the same box 24/7 either. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2011
  5. Country Heart

    Country Heart City Girl With A

    Trust in mama hen - she knows best. [​IMG]
     
  6. Hegatha

    Hegatha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess I just worried bc the eggs wernt warm when I last checked them.
     
  7. wowmanacat

    wowmanacat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hen that is broody and she leaves the nest at least once a day to eat and drink. I have noticed that she is getting a bit pink in her comb and wattles but for the most part she is doing great.
     
  8. farmgirlz

    farmgirlz Out Of The Brooder

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    When my brooder would get off the nest, I would worry too. One time I worried so much {the eggs had gotten cold} that I chased her back into the coop. LOL But almost every egg hatched, so I worried for nothing. Mother Nature's been at it a little longer than I have, I guess I should have just stayed out of it.

    Best of luck!
     
  9. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had eggs seemingly very cold when a broody has gone for a walkabout.....they have hatched fine.
     
  10. justin24

    justin24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they be okay my hen does it to when yur eggs due to hatch
     

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