Chickens laying on bad eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by alaskachick, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. alaskachick

    alaskachick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2010
    Wasilla, Alaska
    I have two chickens who were sitting on their eggs for 2 weeks or longer. They got locked out of the hen house by accident therefore allowing the eggs to get below temperture. They have been sitting for almost 4 weeks now and it is obvious those eggs are not going to hatch. Should I take them away and let them start over with new eggs from my other chickens, or just let them sit on them till they give up and come out of their broodiness?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Brooding takes a lot out of most hens. Another 21 days of setting could conceivably kill them. I would throw out the bad eggs and place the hens in a wire bottomed cage to break their broodiness.

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