Can I move eggs to a safer place before they hatch?

mollyandmcgee

Hatching
8 Years
Aug 26, 2011
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Hello Everybody.

Little Miss Molly is sitting on about 17 eggs in the manger of a horse trailer. The problem is that when they hatch the babies could fall. A long drop for little babies. I read somewhere that the hen will not freak if you move them before they hatch to a safer place. because she is brooding. Is this true? We don't want her to freak out and not sit back on her eggs. They are due to hatch on Tues the 31st. We only want to move them to a nice nest on the bottom of the trailer. The trailer is closed at night so preditors can't get to her. Windows are open and wired so she gets ventalation. It would be the safest place for her babies until they are old enough to go back in the coop with McGee. Thank you in advance for any advise you might offer!
 

they'reHISchickens

Songster
11 Years
Oct 31, 2008
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In this situation, I would have put a hay bale under the nest to cushion the babies when they jump out after mama. And they would. Ours have jumped 3 ft down into shavings and I have read of others jumping 6 ft down into hay.
 

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