Broody hen

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by checker1981, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. checker1981

    checker1981 New Egg

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    We have a Buff Orpington that is always broody. We decided to get her some fertile eggs and this weekend the temps dropped to -8F. We put the eggs under her Saturday afternoon and Sunday she got off the eggs for a few hours to go outside. It's typical that we finally get her the eggs she wants and she gets off the eggs for a few hours.

    My question is:
    Are we wasting time and her energy now that the eggs were at low temperatures for a few hours?
    Should I just give her new eggs?
    They only cost a $1 each and she is sitting on 7.
     
  2. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    If I have a hen on eggs and it is cold, I supervise her off time. Right now I am hatching eggs with incubator, I have a broody, but it is 30 degrees at night, so I am not going to trust her with them.
     
  3. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    most broodies should be off the eggs 15-20min.
     
  4. checker1981

    checker1981 New Egg

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    She abandoned them. I cracked them open and found blood so at least she was incubating them appropriately.
     

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