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Checking eggs under broody

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by finestservice, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. finestservice

    finestservice In the Brooder

    Oct 5, 2013
    I have a broody hen in everyones favorite nesting box, tried moving her didn't work so she is going to have to stick it out. My question is other hens keep laying in there is it ok to push her off once a day until day 18 and remove the new eggs? I marked the eggs I put under her.
  2. lightchick

    lightchick Crowing

    Apr 3, 2014
    With all the other hens trying to lay their eggs in her nest box the eggs under her may break.
    But yes, it is OK to take her off the nest for very short times.
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member 8 Years

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    I wouldn't take her off the nest, just reach under her and get the eggs. Or lift her a little so you can see which ones to grab. Sometimes a broody will abandon her nest if she's bothered too much.
  4. ThePRfan

    ThePRfan Songster

    Sep 27, 2014
    Its takes longer then 18 days,about 25 days,and it would be fine.
    A method I use(only if you don't even want her sitting,)is,stick her plucked belly in water,then she realizes shehas not heat,and cant keep the eggs warm.

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