Broody hen will there be chicks?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kimberlye, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. kimberlye

    kimberlye In the Brooder

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    Hi all~

    Have a question regarding a broody hen that has been on eggs for (tomorrow will be day 21) 3 weeks. Does a hen know if there are chicks in the eggs she is sitting on?
     
  2. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    Usually, they will. Hens will typically discard bad eggs.
     
  3. Mvan42

    Mvan42 Songster

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    Normally yes, if the eggs are bad some will kick them out of the nest. The broody hen I had didn’t do that. But as long as there is a rooster in your flock you should have some chicks
     
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  4. kimberlye

    kimberlye In the Brooder

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    Yes I have a rooster; and two chicks already born about 7 weeks ago; and hopefully some very soon too! Thanks for the response.
     
  5. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    Hopefully you will have a good hatch.
     
  6. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Enabler

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    Welcome :welcome Hopefully you’re going to have some chicks soon!
     
  7. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

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    Howdy :frow and Welcome to Backyard Chickens.

    Happy :ya to have you here with us. Enjoy your time here at BYC!

    Thanks for joining our community! :celebrate
     
  8. the cluck juggler

    the cluck juggler Incubator Addict

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    Welcome to BYC! :frow
    If she's still sitting on the nest a day or two after you've heard the first chick emerge, you can lift her gently and see if there's any remaining eggs. These are probably dead, possibly the embryo has died in the last part of incubation and mom didn't get the memo. In that case you can candle and remove the eggs, and provide some food and water near mom so the chicks can have their first meal.
     
  9. rjohns39

    rjohns39 Wrangler

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    Hi and welcome to BYC :frow We're so happy you've decided to join us :ya
     

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