Broody hens hatching 6/22, 6/26, 7/3, 7/6, 7/11 Any one due w/ us

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by okiehen, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. cemcnair

    cemcnair In the Brooder

    Oct 16, 2008
    Northwest Arkansas
    If I didn't do anything to screw it up: I think my four eggs will hatch on 7/6 (21 days, right?).

    One of my Black Stars has sat on them consistantly except for a few hours the day after I moved her nest to a more secluded area. But, following another post, I will have to agree that you almost don't need a Broody or incubator. I could set my eggs on the lawn and it would be hot enough!!![​IMG]
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Crowing

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    I have 2 broodies (a Silkie and a Cochin), both due on 7/8. Between the 2 of them the eggs they have are: 3 white Silkie, 5 Frizzle Cochin, 3 black Cochin, 4 Butterscotch Booted Bantam, & 3 Mottled D'Uccle.
  3. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks Songster

    Oct 20, 2008
    Benton, Arkansas
    I have a broody BO sitting on 5 eggletts. 2 blue EE eggs and 3 BO/EE mixes. I'm excited cause this will be my first broody hatch. Due 7/4.

    Then another girl went broody and she's stolen a couple of the 5 eggs. Closer to hatch date, I'm going to kick out broody number 2 and wire over the opening to the nest. [​IMG] I can't let them hatch chicks together or some babeh might get kilt!
  4. okiehen

    okiehen Songster

    Oct 25, 2007
    [​IMG] more hatching buddies [​IMG]

    walks I hear you , the hens needed to start earlier.

    Matt you have to post pictures of them babies, turkey poults are soo cute. [​IMG]

    cemcnair, 21 days is right but hens will hatch early sometimes.
    Were in NW AR are you I'm 30 min SW of Ft Smith. [​IMG]

    KellyHM , you have 2 great broody breeds, if cochins were cleaned legged I would have to have some, cant wait to see pictures. [​IMG]

    Chicky Tocks , this is a great year for broodys. Your not far from me
    [​IMG] howdy neighbour.

    Well its 100 deg out side [​IMG]
    its about right to hatch eggs outside with no help from hen or bator
  5. okiehen

    okiehen Songster

    Oct 25, 2007
    Well I just couldn't stand it any longer I checked the eggs from broody #5 I found 1 chick still alive [​IMG] I have it in the bator I hope it makes it found 2 chicks had died at around 18 /19 days.
    All the rest were rotten [​IMG] I had an egg explode in my face it hit me right in the eye. When I picked it up I felt it was liquid and was trying to put it down and pop. My eye hurts now.

    I sure hope that ameraucana baby makes it.
  6. clickie

    clickie Songster

    Apr 28, 2009
    Ocean State
    I have 1 broody silkie that is sitting on a duck egg. the egg should hatch on 7/11 or 7/17 depending on what type of duck egg it is. lol. good luck to everyone's hatches!![​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2009
  7. vwoods

    vwoods Songster

    Apr 25, 2008
    Spotsylvania, Virginia
    Okiehen, thanks for your advice. The kids and I made sure momma had water and food in the crate with her and we took off for Busch Gardens to meet the husband and have some fun. Getting out of there was probably the best thing or else I would be down in the coop watching every minute of it!! When we left she had hatched out 3 chicks that looked like pure australorps and a 4'th was pipped and zipped as I've heard it said on this site. I'm still hoping for that australorp/buff mutt but I guess we'll see in the morning!! Hope they all hatch cause I don't want to deal with any exploding eggs - yuk! Maybe tomorrow I'll post some pics - we got a few good ones of the 3 poking their little heads out. Too cute!!
  8. Barn Maid Ann

    Barn Maid Ann Songster

    Oct 28, 2008
    Punta Gorda, FL
    Quote:I am real new to this. We have two new babies. One is fine, the other, I don't know about. The MamaHen was chipping away at the egg, or what was left of it, anyway. Most of the shell was gone, and the chick was contained in the membrane, which was totally dry. I was afraid to give it back to Mama and helped it along myself. Now, from what I've read, maybe that was not such a good idea. Is it normal for the hen to peck at the hatching eggs?
    My hen is sitting on SO many eggs. I can't imagine they will all hatch.
    Do they explode from the heat (which we have none, here in NE) or is it because they have gone rotten? I am sure some of these eggs are not viable.... there are just too many.
    We only found the nest in our barn loft fairly recently, but we knew she must be setting because she kept disappearing for long periods. We had to move her this morning when the first chick hatched. Her nest was up on top of two-high stack of hay. She has accepted it just fine, thankfully. She seems to be a good Mom.
  9. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    I stuffed the hatched chicks under the broody turkeys last night. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Haven't checked them yet today - I hope this takes and they've accepted them.
  10. vwoods

    vwoods Songster

    Apr 25, 2008
    Spotsylvania, Virginia
    Well, here's an update. I checked my mamma this am and found 4 hatched chicks and it appears one of them may be the mutt mix I was hoping for. Mostly black with a brownish colored mask. Very interesting looking combo from one of my buff hens and australorp roo. Sadly I found that two eggs had been cracked open completely with the membrane mostly removed, whether by Momma or not, I don't know. There were 2 chicks in one egg - both dead and 1 chick in the other - dead as well. Since there were only 8 eggs all total and I have 4 hatched chicks and 2 eggs still unhatched, one must have been a double yoker. They were well developed, just not completely out of the shell/membrane. Also smelled bad - so could they have been dead in the eggs for a few days? Guess I'll never know. Anyway, I'm giving the last 2 eggs a little longer to hatch.

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