Help!! Eggs hatching 911

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Breemilla, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. Breemilla

    Breemilla New Egg

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    My eggs are on day 21 and are beginning to pip. One is a little more advanced than others. My hen pecks at the pip in the egg( which I can see feathers) every so often. Should I do something or is this normal? I have googled without luck. I don't want her to kill her chicks but I defiantly don't want yo harm them if this normal of the natural hatching process.
     
  2. jenifry

    jenifry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its just my opinion, but my opinion is let her be with her eggs, and what will be will be. The momma knows a little better than any of us what the hatching chicks need. She's got evolution and instinct on her side.
     
  3. Breemilla

    Breemilla New Egg

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    Thank you so much for replying. I have been doing that and I think that it has been working so far.
     
  4. Carin

    Carin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my opinion the hens peck at the hatching eggs and it is natures way. The other thing that I observed is that the hens eat most of the shells after the chick is out. Have you ever noticed how little shells are left in the nest after the chicks hatched and how many shells are left in an incubator after the hatch?
     
  5. Breemilla

    Breemilla New Egg

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    this is my first hatch but I definitely took y'all advise and let them be. so far I have 6 wonderful little chicks & 5 eggs to go. Mother hen is actually doing a great job.
     

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