eggs cold /hen off nest help!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicken delighted, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. chicken delighted

    chicken delighted Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my hen has been off the nest since 8am this moring and has not got back on i checked eggs and they were cold so i brought in what i thought might be ok after i candled then. and put them in the bator when i was inspecting eggs i found a stinky one [​IMG] . could that be the reson she got off?
    no sounds are comeing from the eggs they are due to hatch monday, could they have gotton so cold they gone? [​IMG] i am hopeing not!!
    has this ever happen to any one?
     
  2. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    Is she back on them now??? THey should be fine if she is!!
     
  3. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    Has she tried to get back on them? You can candle them and see if there's anything in them. Good luck Michele
     
  4. chicken delighted

    chicken delighted Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i was afraid to leave her with them so i brought them in and set them in the incubator. i left a few egg that had no sings of development in them. so in case they do hatch i can slip the chicks under her and take the blanks. i sure hope they make it. [​IMG] little eggs felt so cold.
     
  5. calgal98

    calgal98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    They are remarkably resilient little buggers. Keeping fingers crossed for a good outcome!
     
  6. healthyasdotme

    healthyasdotme Out Of The Brooder

    Hi please can you put me out of my misery [​IMG] I think I may have killed some babies [​IMG] The mother got off the next and the eggs were stone cold and everywhere I had read on internet (usually sites selling incubators) stressed the importance of the eggs saying warm else the chicks die) but I read on this thread that they are hardy and I am stressing they may not have been dead after all and could have been rescued by another clucky mum.
    Please can you advise if the eggs can get cold and for how long before it is not advisable to put under another clucky hen thanks [​IMG]
    Also, do you advise moving the mum and the warm eggs after 2.5 weeks of keeping them warm in the same nesting box to a new coup with nesting box so we can keep the chicks separate from the flock when they hatch? Or is there some other suggestion? Thanks SO much - from a really happy excited new mum with 4.5 (one cant make up her mind) clucky hens [​IMG] Have a nice day, Louise
     
  7. calgal98

    calgal98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Personally, I wouldnt move hen until they hatch!
     
  8. healthyasdotme

    healthyasdotme Out Of The Brooder

    Quote:Thanks. How do I then keep the chicks safe if they are in the main hutch with many other hens and couple of roosters? Will the other hens and roosters attack the chicks? Do the chicks hatch any time of the day or night or just anytime of the day? As you can see a straight novice [​IMG] Any pages here or other sites that might have the info I need? Thanks for your help.
     
  9. chicken delighted

    chicken delighted Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks. How do I then keep the chicks safe if they are in the main hutch with many other hens and couple of roosters? Will the other hens and roosters attack the chicks? Do the chicks hatch any time of the day or night or just anytime of the day? As you can see a straight novice [​IMG] Any pages here or other sites that might have the info I need? Thanks for your help.

    hi louise
    your chicks you had could have possiably been ok i candle this evening and saw movement. now as if they will hatch that for the good lord to decide, but i have done my part they are in a warm incubator , so we'll see what will happen , BUT please dont feel bad [​IMG] i threw some out i should have given more time after reading more on hatching, this is a learning experiance and this is why we have this site to help each other. and boy some day i need HELP! [​IMG] as for your hen i have moved my broody hens always at night , do not use lots of lights this is some thing you must do in the dark as much as possiable. set things up then move her you can slide a peice of cardboard under her and the eggs and move slowly to your new location.
    you should somehow seperate her from the flock, i find that the hens are mean to the young chicks more then the roos, plus you dont want to get mom all stressed out as she trys to proctet her chicks so move her if you can you will find it a wonderful thing to watch the chicks and hen interact
    chicks will hatch any time of the day some times a day early or 2 days later. like all babies when they are ready [​IMG]
    good luck
    leslie
     
  10. healthyasdotme

    healthyasdotme Out Of The Brooder

    Thank you so much for your help and information [​IMG]
    Has anyone ever had a hen dead outside a nesting box with a broody hen in it? I have had two in the last week. The first dead chook was just outside the nesting box with its head tucked around to the side, I thought maybe she had tried to get in the nest with the broody hen. Then today I found another one! She had been unwell and I had popped her in an empty nesting box to stay warmer during the frosty night but found her the next morning squashed in the front entrance of another nesting box with a broody hen and she also had her head turned around but this time towards the hen. Her eyes were sunken in but couldnt find any wounds on her.
    Do they just die for whatever reason and in that position? Or is this a very territorial broody hen who has defended her eggs?
    The other chooks are all well and healthy and happy. (Weird, a dead chook doesnt seem to worry them?)
    Thanks for helping, Louise
     
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