HELP!! Broody hen on 11 eggs - 3 are cold

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by robomb, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. robomb

    robomb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2011
    Northern Vermont
    My first broody hen (no roo) - I set Thelma on 11 fertilized eggs on Wednesday night 4/11. Yesterday I saw 2 eggs that were not under her, and when I touched them they were cold. This morning another egg was beside her cold [​IMG]. I've read that if she's not sitting on them, she might sense that something is wrong with them and push them out - is this true? I've removed them from the nest - but don't know what to do with them. [​IMG] If they aren't embryos after 3 days, could I scramble them to feed to the other girls? I think I should not candle the eggs at 7 or 8 days if there's a chance she would abandon them. [​IMG] Any thoughts / advice?
  2. Charm1704

    Charm1704 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2010
    Elgin, Tx
    If she is good and broody just take them out a few at a time and candle them and put them back asap, mark them with a big X so you know they are already can put more hay or straw in the nest box to help keep the eggs under her.

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