Broody Hen Thread!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FarmerBoy24, May 1, 2011.

  1. chickenlickin8

    chickenlickin8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2008
    Valrico, Florida
    My Coop
    I have a problem. My broody stepped on and broke one of her eggs I guess and there was dried yolk all over everything and the other eggs. The eggs are on Day 10. It broke my heart to scoop up the little remains of the half developed chick. I wiped off all the remaining eggs with a damp rag the best I could. Do you think they will still hatch?
  2. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens

    They still have a good chance, and you've done all you can to improve their odds.... broken eggs aren't uncommon in nests, and if an egg was really crusted it may be a problem but usually less than a third of any egg is involved, so many still have a good chance.

    I would candle again at about day 17 and remove any sloshy or bad ones at that time to reduce any further problems.
  3. chickenlickin8

    chickenlickin8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2008
    Valrico, Florida
    My Coop
    Oh thank you fisherlady. They weren't crusted too bad with yolk, just a thin coating I wiped off pretty well. Broody had sticky dried feathers underneath and she was preening those feathers when she was out eating. This is my first broody so I hope a few hatch. My plan B is to get a few chicks from the feed store and put those under her if none hatch or mix with those that do hatch. Would that be ok?
  4. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens

  5. Poohb10454

    Poohb10454 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 3, 2012
    Savannah TN
    My very first broody's eggs started hatching today. I can only see 2 babies. Tomorrow is day 21. So we will see...exciting!
  6. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2013
    Yeahhhhhh!!! Mine just went through day 18.......
  7. TinaM13

    TinaM13 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 13, 2013
    Lumby, British Columbia
    Quote: Thank you for this!! I have been searching the forum for answers to when to integrate, etc. I have 10 6 wk old chicks that I bought at 2wks They are growing fast and adjusting well. One of my own hens hatched 3 eggs a couple days ago and like the original poster, she was in a nest box over 2ft off the ground. I was able to move her to her own room away from the other older chickens and the other chicks are also in their own room away from the older ones. She managed the move really well, the chicks are doing great and she is being a good protective mom.
    My 6 weekers are just now coming outside, supervised by this big momma, at different times of the day. I don't have a fenced-in pen..all my chickens are free range and I have a coop set up in the barn. Although at the end of the month when my hubby gets home, we are changing some fencing issues and a pen is in the plans. But my main question has been when is a good time to let Lady come out with her 3 babies? She's set up right now in my hay and straw stall, comfortable in her own little pen. Should I give her a couple weeks or now I'm thinking maybe she can wait till we get a proper outside pen set up.
    The snow is finally melting here and I think spring might actually show up!
    I've usually gotten pullets or older chickens, so raising chicks and with a mom, is a new learning experience for me and I'm excited for it, but have so many questions lol
  8. chicksurreal

    chicksurreal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 3, 2013
    So sweet! I love that picture!
  9. DarynA146

    DarynA146 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 1, 2014
    south africa
    How many eggs would you guys say my silkie will lay in her clutch to hatch?should i leave the eggs even tough she is not sitting yet?(she layed seven since tuesday last week)[​IMG]
  10. hereorthere

    hereorthere Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2011
    Pacific NW
    Thanks for the advice- decided in the end to leave well enough alone.... seems like the other hens aren't bother the EE and she seems content where she is at. I will prolly move her into a larger cat kennel once the chicks hatch, and take it from there. So the broody's hatchlings are stronger than incubator's hatchlings? Wow! Did not know that! Am curious to compare the two..... but will follow your advice and keep the 2 broods separate. Will keep you posted with pics if possible [​IMG]

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