Chances that I'll have some chicks? Stories about broodies hatching eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Flutterbee, Aug 13, 2014.

  1. Flutterbee

    Flutterbee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So my hen, Edna, is currently sitting on about twelve to thirteen eggs. I've candled before and seen movement and today when I candled a few, I saw large masses inside some of the eggs (we're approaching either day fourteen or fifteen). It's been forever since I've had chicks and I was young enough not to really care until the chicks arrived, but now as an adult I'm very anxious if I'll have any success. Is there a good chance that I'll at least get one baby out of this mix? Sorry if I sound so stupid, I'm really hyperfocused on making sure they get here safe.

    Is there anything I can do to help or protect Edna until the time comes? What does one do for "lockdown" when it comes to a hen rather than an incubator? And when do most eggs begin to hatch? Should I expect some "early birds" (no pun intended) or do most hatch around day 21?

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  2. Stiggy

    Stiggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some breeds are a little earlier or a little later but 21 days is average, usually she will sit for 36 hours after the first one hatches to wait for stragglers. Out of 13 you should get a couple, especially if the eggs are fertile. Just let her go about her thing, you don't have to worry about lockdown with hens. Keeping her safe healthy and dry will be a biggie . Keeping her safe from predators also is important
     
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  3. Flutterbee

    Flutterbee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really hope she sits for an extra thirty six hours. I was house-sitting when she started to sit so I honestly have no idea how long she's been sitting. I know it's been at least since the first of August. Today I candled a few of her eggs and I had one that looked fifteen days along, another thirteen, and one even eight :/ I feel like I failed her. I hope I'm not causing any harm by candling. She doesn't seem to mind, she puffs up and croaks but doesn't try to bite me. When I candle, I do only a few eggs at a time and have them out for thirty seconds at most.
     
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  4. Stiggy

    Stiggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They should be fine, I doubt she will get up as soon as one arrives, that's not how they do it and ive never seen it before. If you think that some are a few days behind it maybe wise to get or borrow an incubator and have it ready and at temp for when she does get off incase some are just a little behind
     
  5. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Congratulations on your broody! What one does for "lockdown" should be to just leave the hen alone and let her do her job. The chicks may start hatching a little early, or they may not. But it will be somewhere around the 21 day mark. The 21 days is a guideline - not a set "rule". Most of the chicks should hatch within 24 hours of one another. Usually a hen will stay on the nest for a day or so after they start hatching, to make sure that all that will hatch do so. It's best not to bug her - especially once they start hatching. What I do is wait until day 22 or so, then check for any unhatched eggs. If they don't show signs of pipping or anything, I remove them.
     

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