In the Brooder
- Jul 17, 2011
I have a hen that is setting on eggs from April 2 and another batch April 8th. I was saving eggs for someone else who then said she had no room for the 10 left to go in incubator. Peachie had been setting on 4 eggs by this time for about four days so I placed four new eggs under her (they were sitting out waiting for friend's incubator). This gives me two different hatching days. Was I wrong to place the additional eggs under her? I couldn't throw them out as they were fertile. I gave the other 6 to Ms Silkie. Both are doing a good job. Well last night one egg hatched. Will Peachie continue to set on the other eggs until hatched in about five more days or should I remove the newly hatched chick and let Peachie remain setting until the others hatch? I know this may have been a mistake but this is my first clutch to hatch and I am so excited. Please advise me as what to do? Remove the new chick so Peachie thinks she can still set. I don't want her to leave her eggs thinking she only has one baby....thanks so much for any advice.