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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Rennie, Aug 4, 2010.
Has anyone had a broody come off the nest for a few hours at a time and still have chicks hatch ??
It is normal for the hen to come off the nest for 15-30 mins each day. But if the weather is hot then she my say off longer.
I have had broody hens come off the eggs for hours here in Wales (temperatures much lower than yours). The eggs have felt cold to the touch and they have still gone on to hatch.
This seems particularly common during early incubation,
Well. It depends...If it's really hot were u are at then that may be the reason why she stays off of them longer..
I've had a broody get back on the wrong nest before. I don't know how long she was off the eggs, but when I got home from work they were cold not just cool. I put her back on and she hatche out 10/11.
If it's hot where you are I think it would be ok, but if it isn't that warm out I'd be concerned about repeated coolings and try blocking an area off so she can't get so distracted and stay away for so long.
How long has she been broody and has she already brooded a clutch this year? They can give up on the clutch if they've been broody a long time or if they're getting too run down from repeated hatchings. You could try giving her some scrambled eggs once a day or so if you think that might be the problem. The eggs are very good for broody hens and help them keep in condition while setting.
Thanks, I was nervous....my broody leaving the nest so often today, but it was warm. I thought maybe she was getting ready to abandon those eggs. Luckily, there' s an auntie silkie who takes over (or get some of the eggs under her) when she leaves.