broody's eggs mixed with shipped eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by werecatrising, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. werecatrising

    werecatrising Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 4, 2009
    I have my first broody hen ever right now. I noticed her setting, but wasn't sure the eggs were fertile. I put some shipped eggs under her a week ago yesterday. I left the 4 original eggs just in case. Well, today one hatched- one of her eggs, that is. What now? Do you think she'll abandon the rest of the eggs?
  2. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    Yep, if you don't remove the chicks she'll stop sitting on the "dud" eggs to care for the ones that hatched. You can either remove the shipped eggs and put them in the bator or remove the chicks and put them in the brooder.
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    She will leave the nest within 24-36 hours. That's nature's way. If you remove the chicks immediately, she may continue setting. If she can hear them, she'll quit setting.

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