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Broody will get off the eggs...when?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by secuono, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. secuono

    secuono Songster

    May 29, 2010
    So, I have a broody that will be on the nest 20 days sometime next week. I wanted to know, if the eggs don't hatch, will she leave them/end the broodiness?
    Should I buy her fertile eggs? Try to break her?
    What do I do? None of the eggs have spoiled yet, don't know if that's normal, new to broody hens.

  2. Eastins Eggs

    Eastins Eggs Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    Ceresco Nebraska
    I would give it a few more days and then if nothing remove the eggs very carefully. The hen may give up if you keep the eggs removed and remove her from the nest regularly.
  3. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    Do you have a rooster? If you do then they should hatch. If they don't, throw them out and pick up her eggs everyday and she will stop. If none hatch then she should sit til she starts to break those nasty rotten eggs and it stinks!
  4. secuono

    secuono Songster

    May 29, 2010
    I have a rooster, now a new broody.
  5. tuesdays chicks

    tuesdays chicks Songster

    Apr 26, 2010
    stuart florida
    Are the eggs she is sitting fertile. I don't know what happens if they don't hatch. I have 2 broody sitting eggs and I think a 3rd going broody she has been laying every day like the 1st broody did. I didn't know hen went broody in the autumn.
  6. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Songster

    Give her a few more days and if they don't hatch, get her some babies... she's done all the work! But I think they will hatch... you've got a roo!
  7. Hi! Have you candled to see if any of the eggs are developing?
    I wanted to know, if the eggs don't hatch, will she leave them/end the broodiness?

    Yes, she'll go back to being a hen with no mental scars because the eggs didn't hatch.

  8. mgibbzzz

    mgibbzzz Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    Somerset, OH
    When I have a broody, I always snatch a couple and candle to see if there is a possibility of them hatching. If they are growing, then I leave her alone, if not, then they go. Give her a couple more days.
  9. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Songster

    Anything yet?

    Candling is a wonderful thing... I always thought it would be too difficult to interpret what I was seeing... but it isn't! The more you do it, the more you understand what you are seeing.

    I recently got a little Coleman from Walmart... it's great! Get the one with the most lumens!

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