Day 23 with broody hen (not incubator)... are these a dud?

birdlover2

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Did you purchase the eggs or are these some the hen laid? Do you have a roo around? Do you have multiple roos around? If you purchased them did you get them from a reputable source?The eggs could've never been fertilized in the first place. Is this the hen's first time going broody? What behaviors did you notice? Did she stay on the eggs all the time or leave for long periods of time?
 

Asaria1

In the Brooder
Jun 26, 2020
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Did you purchase the eggs or are these some the hen laid? Do you have a roo around? Do you have multiple roos around? If you purchased them did you get them from a reputable source?The eggs could've never been fertilized in the first place. Is this the hen's first time going broody? What behaviors did you notice? Did she stay on the eggs all the time or leave for long periods of time?
The hen laid them. I had one roo. I cracked the first egg and there was a “bullseye” (or so i thought). I adopted the hen at a year old, so i assume this is her first time going broody. The first couple of days she was on and off frequently. Taking hours at a time both ON the eggs and OFF the eggs. When she finally hunkered down, she only left her clutch for a few minutes every morning. I started counting “day one” when she stopped leaving the nest.
Thank you for any insight!
 

Sonya9

Crowing
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Feb 7, 2014
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The hen laid them. I had one roo. I cracked the first egg and there was a “bullseye” (or so i thought). I adopted the hen at a year old, so i assume this is her first time going broody. The first couple of days she was on and off frequently. Taking hours at a time both ON the eggs and OFF the eggs. When she finally hunkered down, she only left her clutch for a few minutes every morning. I started counting “day one” when she stopped leaving the nest.
Thank you for any insight!
Maybe you can buy her 2-3 chicks to raise (very young, 5 days or younger). Just slip them under her at night.

From what I have read the eggs can tolerate on/off warmth initially, the tiny embryos just pause development when the heat disappears. Later on it becomes a deadly problem.
 

Asaria1

In the Brooder
Jun 26, 2020
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San Diego, CA
Maybe you can buy her 2-3 chicks to raise (very young, 5 days or younger). Just slip them under her at night.

From what I have read the eggs can tolerate on/off warmth initially, the tiny embryos just pause development when the heat disappears. Later on it becomes a deadly problem.
Thank you!
I’ve already contacted a lady for some chicks 😂😂😂
 

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