Help! First time hatching, missing eggs!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by LolaBlue, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. LolaBlue

    LolaBlue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our SLW "Lola" has gone broody for the very first time. She is approx 2 years old and we've had her since POL.
    After having her sit on infertile eggs for 4 or 5 days, I placed a dozen fertilised eggs under her last week.
    Today should be Day 6.
    I have left her alone up until today.
    I just went out to check she had enough water and noticed egg shell in her nest.
    I also found shell on the ground outside her nest from another egg (this one was an Araucana, egg which was infertile).
    I then moved her so I could see what was happening under there and found her sitting on only 7 of the original eggs and 3 Araucana eggs.
    Am I right in assuming she's eating them?
    Why would she do that?
    What can I do to prevent her doing that to more?
    Could it be that when the Araucana is getting in there to lay, her fertile eggs are being broken?
    Help! :(
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I would guess that the hens are fighting when the araucana comes to lay in the nest. This frequently happens when broody hens share a common nest or a broody is not secured away from the rest of the flock. Try to fix things so that she has total privacy.
     
  3. LolaBlue

    LolaBlue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I move her now, what is the likelihood of her abandoning the remaining eggs? Is it as simple as moving her and the eggs to a pet carrier or the like on the ground of the coop?
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    If at all possible, I would try leaving her where she is and exclude all other hens from her nest. I have always had mixed success when moving broody hens.
     
  5. tmfineg

    tmfineg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you can move her. I moved my first broody trying to get things sorted out right. She got kicked off the nest and kept getting back on the wrong eggs. I finally put her in a pet carrier. The eggs did not hatch because they got cold, but I gave her some 3 day old chicks and all went well. We even had to move momma and babies a couple times. Quite the learning curve! Good luck!
     

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