broody hens and the eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kevs-chickadees, May 14, 2011.

  1. kevs-chickadees

    kevs-chickadees Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2011
    Mesa AZ
    Can the hens tell if the egg is good(chick still alive and developing)? its the start of day 23 and the broodys keep tucking in the eggs and turning them. How long does one wait without any pipping before knowing the eggs aren't any good? Thanks
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I don't think anyone really knows this but I suspect they can. They do seem to know when one is bad. Trouble is, they also vary a lot, just as a good setter may be a bad mother -- I had one hatch a few eggs and immediately kill all the chicks, I caught her killing the last one while it was still hatching.

    At 23 days if it doesn't smell bad I'd sure give her some more time, myself.

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