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Eggs won't hatch

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by karriwebb, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. karriwebb

    karriwebb Hatching

    Jul 8, 2011
    I am new to this so maybe I'm doing something wrong. I have 12 buff orpington hens and one buff rooster. They are all now 3 years old. I have tried 5 different times with 5 different hens to hatch a brood of eggs. But I usually get nothing. One time last year I got some incompletely developed chicks because my husband disturbed the hen. But all of the 4 other times I patiently wait the 21 days. Then I usually wait 4 or 5 extra days just for good measure. Then I take the eggs and candle them, but there is never anything other than egg inside them. My rooster acts like a rooster, he crows and struts and defends his hens with a passion. The coop is well ventilated. The nests are kept clean and filled with a deep bedding of straw. I feed Purina feed. The water is kept clean and full. They are allowed to free range if they want, although the brooding hens stay on their boxes. I let them start brooding after the danger of frost is past, but before it gets real hot. So what am I doing wrong? Why don't I have baby chickens running around?

  2. Tiss

    Tiss Songster

    May 8, 2010
    You could have a dud rooster. My roo does his thing with the ladies, but none of the eggs I tried to hatch developed.

    I haven't looked for the bullseye because I rarely get to crack and eat any of my eggs - sales are too high and production is too low. Oh well, it's an excuse to get more birds.

    Oh, and [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2011

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