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

    Dec 16, 2011
    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 Songster

    May 27, 2016
    Ontario, Canada
    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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