Broody left rest of her eggs and they are peeping!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Stacylynnlac, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. Stacylynnlac

    Stacylynnlac Chirping

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    So my broody hen hatched a few chicks and a day later has decided to leave the coop and her chicks still in it. I took them out and placed them with her outside. She seems to be staying with them but I’m keeping a good eye on them. Also she left behind 5 eggs which all are due to hatch today. One is even peeping. I have them on a heating pad on low right now. Not sure what else to do! Or what I do if it actually hatches. Please help! Thank you
     
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  2. Wyorp Rock

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    You don't have an incubator?
    You may want to look up incubating with a heating pad just to make sure you have the right temps, etc.
    If the remaining eggs hatch and the chicks are normal, see if Mom will accept them, if not then you will need to brood them yourself - do you have a large tub or some cardboard boxes you can put together to house them in? Provide them with heat, food and water.
    You may want to use the heating pad as your source of heat for brooding as well - here's a helpful link on how to do that.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/th...d-in-the-brooder-picture-heavy-update.956958/

    Watch to see that Mom is allowing the chicks to get under her for warmth and is leading them to food/water.
     
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  3. Stacylynnlac

    Stacylynnlac Chirping

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    They are kind of just running around her, she is staying with them but they aren’t under her. They are eating and drinking. I have a brooder set up in the house as a back up, I just have no idea if I should move her and babies? Or if this is normal behavior. And then also what to do with her eggs she left behind the are chirping! I do not have an incubator since my broody hatched the other chicks
     
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  4. ChickNanny13

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    When hatching chicks, it's good to have an incubator willing and waiting. You maybe able to do it with the heating pad but need to have a humidity source under it.
    2x Wyorp Rock, put a thermometer along side of the eggs, keep the temp on low to see how warm it gets. Temp shouldn't get over 100F
    Keep us updated as to the remaining eggs :fl
     
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  5. Wyorp Rock

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    If the chicks are running around eating/drinking and Mom is staying with them, they sound fine. I would just watch.

    As for the unhatched eggs - do an onsite or google search for incubating using a heating pad.
    I would not move Mom and babies. If the eggs hatch, then see if she will take the babies, slip them under her at night. If she doesn't accept them, then brood them yourself.
     
  6. Stacylynnlac

    Stacylynnlac Chirping

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    ok thank you, it’s just quite windy and chilly here today (low 60’s) I figured they would need constant heat!
     
  7. Wyorp Rock

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    Chicks are resilient, if they get cold, they will go under Mom.
     
  8. Eggcessive

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    Did you collect the eggs and start the hatch on the same day, or did you leave the eggs in the nest for her to sit on? It is best to have them all hatch within a day or two, so that she doesn’t have to sit on eggs when the chicks are ready to move around and look for food and water. I usually collect 10 or 12 eggs in a carton, mark them all with a start date and sit them at the same time. If they haven’t all hatched by day 23, they get candled, and usually are not alive, so they are tossed. Some do not develop, some may not be strong enough to get out of the shell, and some if (in an incubator) may have been too large or shrink wrapped. As long as she is not pecking the chicks, and seems attentive, leave them with her. But your other eggs need to be covered with a heating pad until you can get an incubator.
     
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    Stacylynnlac Chirping

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    They were collected 2 days apart. Their actual “hatch day” was this morning and the others hatched Friday night and yesterday. I didn’t think 2 days would make a huge difference. I’m hoping it hatches in my crockpot heating pad rig? It’s sunday and nothing is open to get an incubator.
     

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    I hope they hatch.
     

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