Help! Broody pecked hole in egg under her

ackie

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I think 19 eggs is a little much, but I've had broodies successfully hatch 15, 16 eggs which I would have thought was too many as well (I don't know how many eggs they sat though)
 

Bluebellhoney

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I think 19 eggs is a little much, but I've had broodies successfully hatch 15, 16 eggs which I would have thought was too many as well (I don't know how many eggs they sat though)
Wow that’s a lot! 4 of the 19 stopped developing a while back, and I’m kicking myself because I stopped candling them about a week before hatch- there were so many and she got so cross with me! Maybe if I had removed those this wouldn’t be happening. The remaining 7 I put under another broody- one is hatching 🤞 and one crushed this morning 😥. The remaining ones all seem viable still but maybe they would be delayed if she hasn’t been covering them all properly?
 

ackie

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Wow that’s a lot! 4 of the 19 stopped developing a while back, and I’m kicking myself because I stopped candling them about a week before hatch- there were so many and she got so cross with me! Maybe if I had removed those this wouldn’t be happening. The remaining 7 I put under another broody- one is hatching 🤞 and one crushed this morning 😥. The remaining ones all seem viable still but maybe they would be delayed if she hasn’t been covering them all properly?
I tend to get larger hatches when I leave the girls alone BUT it may just be the hens that nest where I can find them arent as good of broodies as the ones that hide their nests more effectively. my game hens are GREAT broodies, so honestly it may be a good bit genetics.
 

Bluebellhoney

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I tend to get larger hatches when I leave the girls alone BUT it may just be the hens that nest where I can find them arent as good of broodies as the ones that hide their nests more effectively. my game hens are GREAT broodies, so honestly it may be a good bit genetics.
Okay reading this, I am definitely a helicopter chicken parent/expectant nanna...
 

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