Broody past 21 days?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cristin116, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. cristin116

    cristin116 In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2016
    My hen went Broody while we were away, so I'm not sure exactly which day she started. I do know she's been sitting for more than 21 days now, though. How long do I let her go over? The eggs should be fertile so I don't know what went wrong.
    I have eggs that should be hatching in the incubator tomorrow. Should I try to slip those chicks under her and call the eggs she was sitting on a loss?
  2. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    I'd try candling the eggs for signs of life before discarding them.
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  3. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I would wait a couple more days....If almost ready to hatch you won't see much anyways...If they don't stink?...They should be okay....
  4. Top Rooster

    Top Rooster Songster

    Aug 16, 2015
    North East Oklahoma
    Candle the current eggs under her if they are dark black with the air sack glowing they're closed to hatch if not slip this incubator eggs under her
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