broody then not

RoosterDon

Chirping
5 Years
Jul 19, 2014
116
4
63
Austin Texas
our broody hen inherited eggs every time she went for a break and ended up sitting on 16 eggs. she hatched two of them, now is leaving the eggs when she comes down from her nest to take a break. her two chicks follow her, and the two chicks can't get back in the nest, so naturally the hen stays down with them till. the rest of the eggs have gone cold now three times. i just put them in my incubator. the eggs are varying in age from "should hatch now, to having 10-15 days left".

any suggestions? when the eggs have been in the right temperature and humidity for awhile, i will candle them.

will candleing be effective now?

if the eggs have been left and went cold multiple times, should they be dead eggs now?

thanks.
 

chickengeorgeto

Crowing
7 Years
Dec 25, 2012
8,047
4,191
431
Big Bend of the Tennessee River's Right Bank.
our broody hen inherited eggs every time she went for a break and ended up sitting on 16 eggs. she hatched two of them, now is leaving the eggs when she comes down from her nest to take a break. her two chicks follow her, and the two chicks can't get back in the nest, so naturally the hen stays down with them till. the rest of the eggs have gone cold now three times. i just put them in my incubator. the eggs are varying in age from "should hatch now, to having 10-15 days left".

any suggestions? when the eggs have been in the right temperature and humidity for awhile, i will candle them.

will candleing be effective now?

if the eggs have been left and went cold multiple times, should they be dead eggs now?

thanks.

Candling will prove ineffective if you don't know the age of the eggs. Never allow a hen to serial hatch. Incubator or not it is impossible to keep up with which egg or eggs should be in lockdown and which egg or eggs has weeks to go before it hatches. An incubator is not a cure all.

An on again off again incubation is not going to prove an effective way to augment your flock, but it is going to discourage new back yarders.
 
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RoosterDon

Chirping
5 Years
Jul 19, 2014
116
4
63
Austin Texas
So much for this being a chicken graveyard.....maybe sometimes you just need a little faith and you give the little chicks a chance, regardless of the conditions that the eggs have been through. We may not be the most accurate at this or able to get it as right as so many others here, but we have hatched over 30 chicks. The best ones though are the three that Elmeretta hatched on her own.


 

Rooster Don

In the Brooder
6 Years
Jul 24, 2013
54
3
43
Westlake Hills (Austin) Texas
Mother hen accepting the new chick with no problems.
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RoosterDon

Chirping
5 Years
Jul 19, 2014
116
4
63
Austin Texas
Second chick just hatched from the eggs that had gone temperature cold multiple times after the hen abandoned the eggs after her first two eggs hatched. A Major Miracle?
 

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