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Do eggs hatch under the hen?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chicks Galore3, Jul 23, 2016.

  1. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    My broody's eggs are due to hatch in 12 days. I've had a broody hatch eggs before, but they hatched in the middle of the night so I wasn't there! But then I got to thinking...could you even see them hatching? Do the eggs hatch under the hen, or out in the open? I'd imagine having a someone poking out of a shell wouldn't be very comfortable to sit on...
     
  2. chickcrack

    chickcrack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It will all happen under your hen. Don't disturb or lift her. You will know they are close to hatching because she will refuse to leave the nest for even a few minutes to get a drink or food. If it's super hot try to get water within reach for her. I've only let broodiest hatch twice but babies were hatched and dry before I even knew they were out!
     

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