dirty nest box

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hellafarms, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. hellafarms

    hellafarms Songster

    So here is the deal I have a hen that freeranges and she has gone broody.So me seeing a chance to maybe hatch some chicks and let her take care of them for a change I bought 6 hatching eggs of choice and took 6 of my own eggs out of my breeding pen and placed under her which was the same amount she had chosen to set on .So after a few days she came off the nest to eat and drink so I decided to take a peak I found the eggs to be dirty and when I say dirty I mean dirty.It appears that 1 eggs had gotten broke and that mixed with what appears to be poo is covering the other eggs.So with that being said ya think these will hatch or should I try to clean them I really dont want to handle them and fight her at the same time and take a chance on breakage or maybe messing her up in some way.oh yeah the nest box she choose was a very clean dry spot inside the barn.
  2. justmeandtheflock

    justmeandtheflock Overrun with ducklings :)

    May 27, 2009
    NW NJ
    My broody broke an egg (well, I think it was the roos fault) in the 1st week. I didn't wash the other eggs and all that were fertile did hatch. Good luck!
  3. crazy chook

    crazy chook Songster

    Apr 8, 2010
    Langwarrin, Victoria
    My silkie chicken sat on dirty eggs that the rooster pooped on, I did not clean them and she hatched out all 9 eggs.
  4. hellafarms

    hellafarms Songster

    Thanks for the support [​IMG]

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