Eggs hatching under 2 hens. NEED HELP ASAP!!!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pennie1, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. pennie1

    pennie1 Redneck Silkie

    Aug 17, 2009
    The eggs are starting to hatch under 2 hens. One egg started to crack open and this morning when I looked, that egg had been pecked and the baby was dead inside. Should I take the remaining eggs and put them in an incubator or just wait and see what happens? Should I take the hens out and check the other eggs? The hens are a standard Cochin that has always been an EXCELLENT mother before, and a bantam BR that has never set before and she is about 5 years old. Please give advice ASAP. Thank you all.[​IMG]
  2. ChickDandy

    ChickDandy In the Brooder

    May 5, 2008
    Colonial Heights, VA
    This is my first time for hatching, and I have two hens who are sitting on eggs. Yesterday I discovered one healthy chick and one that appeared to have died in the egg. The egg had been pecked kind of like you described, but I thought it may have just been the mama trying to give a hand. I removed the dead chick and shell and put the hen back on her last two eggs. This morning, one of those eggs hatched--I was in the coop regularly throughout the morning--and the hen seems to be doing fine with the new chick. I now have two unhatched eggs left (one under each of the new mamas), so I'm just checking things in the coop frequently to see how things are going. Good luck!

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