Broody went back to the wrong nest - eggs cold

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ShockValue, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. ShockValue

    ShockValue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At some point today my broody stretched her legs, and the proceded to get back on the wrong nest. When I got home from work she was happily trying to hatch absolutely nothing. The nest box next door had 8 cold eggs.

    Unknown how long they were uncovered, but it could be up to 12 hours. Eggs are ambient temperature, so longer than 1 hour I would guess.

    When I put her back in the right nest, she arranged the eggs and sat back down on them again like nothing had happened.

    We had just hit day 6, and she was doing so well.... Should I just toss them, or is there a chance they will make it?
     
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    You need to fix her on a nest that she has all to herself, so she can't get confused. Doing this will also prevent other hens from laying in her nest.
     
  3. ShockValue

    ShockValue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She has her own place, and it's distinct from the other nest boxes, but she went back to the box that she first went broody in last week. She was in the 'new' place for about 5 days without incident. Apparently she remembered her favorite box today :(

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    Last edited: Mar 30, 2015
  4. chickentvforme

    chickentvforme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just had a hen do the same thing. How did yours turn out? Did any of the eggs hatch?
     

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