Do eggs hatch under the hen?

Chicks Galore3

Artistic Bird Nut
8 Years
Dec 16, 2011
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Iowa
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...
 

chickcrack

Songster
May 27, 2016
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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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