Broody rolling eggs out of nest

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sundayafternoon, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. sundayafternoon

    sundayafternoon Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi All, this is actually my first post thought I have been reading threads for several months. What I have going on now is a whole new world to me. I haven't ever hatched, I just started by purchasing 3 hens late last August. 3 are now 5 total and one is a bantam Rhode Island Red (Brownie) who has been broody more often than not. About 2 weeks ago she went broody again so this time I asked around and got some fertile eggs from a friend. I got 6 eggs- 2 ameraucana and 4 splash maran / ameraucana mix. So yes, these are 6 full size eggs under a bantam RIR. She can keep all 6 covered just fine and has been sitting tight for 11 days now only to get up in the morning to eat and do her business. Well the last 2 or 3 days I go out to check on her and she has rolled out of the nest 1 or 2 eggs each time and is not sitting on them. I don't know how long they have been out from under her but I quickly shove them back under her. I have the eggs numbered and it isn't the same egg everytime. The temps here have been chilly and sometimes the kicked out eggs are still warm to the touch but today they were pretty cold to the touch. Is she killing them by doing this? I can only assume she is and I am wondering if I should keep shoving them back under her or should I just accept defeat and remove 1 or 2 so she has the room she apparently thinks she needs? Any other advice on broodys raising chicks is also welcome as this is my first time. I read through some of the broody thread but it is so long I gave up trying to find any info about this. Thanks for your responses.
     
  2. Scottyhorse

    Scottyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Usually in my experience they know what ones aren't going to hatch, but if they are different every time, I think she is just trying to get more room so the others have a better chance of hatching.

    There is a rule: If it's chilled, it's killed, but our silkie hen went broody in November. Not only that, but she decided to set under the chicken coop, when it's 20 degrees out. We built a brooder box, stuck it in the chicken coop, and carefully moved all of the eggs and the hen into the chicken coop and into the box. The poor thing was so cold, when we would touch her, she wouldn't make a sound, and she wasn't the friendliest chicken either. Needless to say I think we saved her, and she actually hatched out 8 or 9 chicks, and two didn't make it.
    They know best, even if they will harm themselves, but it sounds like your hen is doing fine.
    If you are worried about them getting cold, I wouldn't. She would leave for an hour or so in 20 degree weather. I think she had 14 eggs. So I think she had a great hatch rate considering what she and the eggies went through. They would get cold because it was so cold out but obviously it didn't kill all of them!

    For broodys raising chicks, make sure they have their own secure area where the chicks can't get out of. For our brooder box, I think it is 2.5 or 3 feet long, and a little over 1 foot wide and tall. Then we put straw in there, and a chick feeder and waterer. We left them in there for a month or so, just because it was SO cold, and silkies are not cold weather birds. And the chicks are so tiny! Then we flipped the box on its side, so they could run around the chicken coop, but still have that same place to go at night, they just weren't contained. Because at that point, they were starting to hop out of the box, so we figured they were ready to be kind of free.

    If you have any more questions, just let me know! :)
     
  3. sundayafternoon

    sundayafternoon Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks Scottyhorse for the response. I am at day 10 today I hate to think all was going well until now when she kicked them out into the cold. I candled on day 7 and determined there was some action just because all of them had really dark spots inside and weren't totally clear, but I can't see much else. I haven't hatched any eggs ever before and I got these from someone else (because I don't have a roo) and they are blue and dark brown so it makes it even harder because I can't see anything going on inside the eggs really at all when I try to candle. I am kind of obsessed with trying to see something, but no matter, I can't really. The only noticeable difference between day 7 and 10 seems to be a larger air cell.

    Also thanks for the advice on temperature. It is about 28 today but it was down to 12 last night. But she had them all under her at bedtime and this morning. I am just noticing her do it during the daytime. And I plan to have a secure area ready if / when the chicks arrive, but I haven't set it up yet. I figured I would wait until day 18 and candle again and see if it looks like any made it that far before I go all out setting up a brooder. I have a nice greenhouse shed that is going to get transformed to a brooder if any of these babies make it to hatch. That's my plan for now anyway.
     
  4. dasharoundfarmn

    dasharoundfarmn Out Of The Brooder

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    Please keep us posted. I have only had eggs hatch out 1 time and it was years ago. Just getting started again and reading up on all the info that I can.
     
  5. ChucktheChick

    ChucktheChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck and keep us updated! BTW.................... [​IMG]
     
  6. Scottyhorse

    Scottyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your welcome! Chickens and chicks are incredibly hardy, we were so surprised to see chicks under our silkie hen!
     
  7. nittanyxi

    nittanyxi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hatched standard chicks under a bantam once and to help her keep all the eggs in I really loaded her nesting box up with pine chips and sort of made a bowl that all the eggs fit in. I also put a piece of wood across the front of the nexting box to make a deeper nexting area and make it harder for an egg to roll out. Hope this helps. I'm by no means an expert.
     
  8. sundayafternoon

    sundayafternoon Out Of The Brooder

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    nittanyxi thank you for the advice about fixing up the nest. I have already been adding lots of extra litter as she seems to knock it out getting in and our of the nest. I will try to add the wood tonight or tomorrow to make it deeper too. Overnight seemed to be ok again- all the eggs were together. I've been gone at work at day so who knows when I get home. I will let you know how the hatching goes. Only 9 more days.
     
  9. hehahn

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    If your still having problems with her rolling eggs out of the nest, you could try getting some chicken wire or something that would stand up straight and is kinda stiff, and making a "safety doughnut" to put around her to keep her from rolling them out.
    Good luck with your hatch![​IMG]
     
  10. porky24

    porky24 New Egg

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