Chicks arrived, one more question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Imelda, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. Imelda

    Imelda New Egg

    Oct 29, 2010
    Thanks to all who gave me the sound advise for my broody hen. As of yesterday I now have, as far as I can tell, two gorgeous chicks hatched from five eggs. My question is how long after the 21 days should I leave the unhatched eggs under mum? She still won't get off the nest although she is eating ang drinking small quantities. Surely she must need to stretch her legs and have a poo?

    Thanks again

    POCGOC Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 29, 2011
    Mine eventually left for 15 mins or more and as quickly they were gone they were back again
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Let the hen decide when to bring her chicks off the nest and abandon the other eggs. I've had hens that were off the nest within 24 hours. I've had some that took more than two days after the first chicks hatch. The chicks can go days without food or water thanks to absorbing the yolk. That's why they can be shipped in th email. Mama will bring them off when she is ready.

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