first timer really needs help!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by amberroswell, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. amberroswell

    amberroswell Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two hens they are sisters, they have always shared a nesting box they take turns laying eggs, well 17 days ago one of the hens went broody and we soon realized that she was still allowing her sister to lay her eggs there needless to say we have a mountain of eggs going 13 to be exact some of the eggs are due to be hatching soon and i was told she would only wait a few days for the other eggs to hatch and then not waste her time on the rest of the eggs, well i don't want them to go to waste, if she leaves the rest of them how do i hatch them with out an incubator? they will only need a few days and will be ready to hatch any suggestions would be great i am a first timer with the whole chicken thing!
     
  2. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    Chenango Forks NY
    I would try taking the chicks away as they hatch so that she will focus on the eggs. My BOs sit on the nest up to three days after the chicks are hatched so if you remove the chicks you may have a chance.
     
  3. amberroswell

    amberroswell Out Of The Brooder

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    I Wanted The Girls To Raise Them, Can I Put The Others Back In There With Them Once All The Others Hatch?
     
  4. Ms.FuzzyButts

    Ms.FuzzyButts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2009
    North Alabama
    Quote:That's what I did.. And the hen took them all with no issues whatsoever. Good luck! And happy hatching.
     
  5. BrownEggFan

    BrownEggFan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another option would be to build an incubator. If she leaves the nest after the first few hatch, put the eggs in the bator and then put them back with mama after they hatch. There's tons of info / threads about building them on BYC or if you need any help, feel free to e-mail me.
     

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