Broody timeline- for first-timer- Help!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chickenmaven, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
    Michigan
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    My Esther hatched 3 out of 6 eggs, last night. Should I leave the unhatched in the nest if they don't hatch today? How long?
    I have read a great many posts regarding incubators. People are advised to give eggs a wide window for hatching. Is this the same for eggs under a broody?
    Thank you.
     
  2. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    Most broodys will wait until everyone hatches. They know when the eggs are duds, or dead and will get up and leave the eggs. So give her some time, keep and eye on her, if she gets up and leaves the eggs for a long long time, then shes done.

    good luck [​IMG]
     
  3. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
    Michigan
    Thanks. I didn't want to end up with new chicks convered in exploded egg. [​IMG]
     
  4. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    Quote:yucky! no no, the momma hens do a sniff test, if it smells rotten they push it far away [​IMG]
     

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