Broody mama rejects 3 eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hennylove, May 16, 2011.

  1. hennylove

    hennylove Out Of The Brooder

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    So we are into our second week with a broody Barred Rock mama. She has 9 marked eggs and is all settled into her own private suite. This morning when I checked on her she had pushed 3 of the eggs out from under her. They are cold to the touch, I cannot see much candling them, just odd shaped darkness (they are all brown eggs) Do hens sometimes do this? This is my first time with a broody. Should I warm them and give them back to her or is this too late? Another question... We have a seemingly active Rooster (and 6 hens) but our eggs don't always show the fertilization sign. Do all fertilized eggs always show the little red spot? Thanks for your help!!![​IMG]
     
  2. alicefelldown

    alicefelldown Looking for a broody

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    Red spots are blood / meat spots. They are not a sign of fertilization.

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  3. hennylove

    hennylove Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for those great pics Alice!!! I had heard of the 'bulls eye' but I thought it had to be red! Yay! That means that most of the eggs I have looked at are fertile.
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  4. SED

    SED Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hens will get rid of eggs that they KNOW will not hatch for whatever reason. They know what they are doing. If she rejected them, I would toss them.
     

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