broody hen question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by littlered, May 16, 2011.

  1. littlered

    littlered Out Of The Brooder

    34
    0
    32
    May 16, 2010
    montpiler
    i have a white leghorn bantam hen that has been a mother befor always been easy to handle when broody. she started setting a few days ago in the coop i wouldnt have bothered her if it was not for other hens laying eggs on top of her. so i took her out in to another coop not to far away so she can still hear the rest of the chickens. she has about 16 eggs under her. during the day she likes to walk around and eat all day but when night time comes around right to the eggs she goes. middle of the day the eggs feel cold to the touch like she has not touched them all day. after candling a few i see son red through the egg showing signs of life. my question is that if she is not on them all day and they get cold like this could there still be a chance of hatching i know i see the life in them but it could be from when she was in the coop
     
  2. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Georgia
    I would leave them, she will probably set tight soon. Last year I had a hen hatch all but one egg, it got buried in shavings and honestly it slipped my mind, she was not covering it at all, it hatched a week later.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by