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Chicken stopped laying on eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Newfarmer36, Jan 23, 2018.

  1. Newfarmer36

    Newfarmer36 Songster

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    I have this one hen that had a clutch of eggs she had been laying on. There was 9 or 10. She had been on them for about 2 weeks or so. All of a sudden, she stopped. This is her second time to do this. I took the eggs thinking that they were good to eat and there was chicks in 7 of them. I'm devastated. Can anyone tell me about how many weeks they've developed?
     

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  2. Around 8-10 days I believe.
     
  3. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Crowing

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    They've developed for a little more than a week--probably eight days, if I were to guess. Sorry this happened to you.

    X2, A.M. Eggs.
     
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  4. Chullicken

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    Not sure eating broody eggs is a satisfying idea..get yourself an incubator and you can finish what she started.
     
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  5. Newfarmer36

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    It's certainly not! I honestly didn't know that was gonna be in there!
     
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  6. Newfarmer36

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    I haven't eaten an egg since. I'm too scared to crack them open. They're all just sitting in my fridge.
     
  7. sylviethecochin

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    Yeah--I know. It's a disturbing experience.

    Can you candle them? That way, you can just throw away or bury the developing eggs, rather than cracking them open.
     
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  8. Newfarmer36

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    I never thought of doing that.
     
  9. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Free Ranging 5 Years

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    I know this feeling. When I was about 6 - 7yrs, we had a bunch of chicks that we were raising under the house. One day I was told to stay upstairs, not to come down, ha ha.
    I went down to see my parents culling the teenagers. I never ate chicken nor eggs again until I was in my 20s. It's pretty dramatic.

    My Mom won't eat my chickens eggs, she's afraid of what she may see :oops: when she cracks one open.
     
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  10. Newfarmer36

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    Oh jeez! Lol!
     

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