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HELP! Found 14 eggs, hen not staying on them

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by RoyalHillsLLC, Aug 11, 2007.

  1. RoyalHillsLLC

    RoyalHillsLLC Songster

    Mar 5, 2007
    NW Louisiana-Vivian
    We have been getting a lot less eggs, now that it is hot. The last two days, none at all. Then this evening one of my hens didn't come in for the night so I got to looking and found a nest from one of my Ameracaunas (or Aracaunas, not sure the difference). These hens (I have three of them) go back to the pen every night. Is there any chance she can raise them if we leave them all in the nest? They are in a safe place I think, right by our front door in a flower bed. Do this breed typically go broody or should I move them to my bantam that is broody for about a week now?
    Also, if we decided to get some of the eggs for us, how long can they have been out in this 100 degree heat and still be good? I didn't know she was laying in the front yard so I don't know how long they have been there.
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2007
  2. jackiedon

    jackiedon Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Central Arkansas
    Our hens will do this and not sit on them. What we do is as soon as we find them we bring them in the house and put in a bowl of water. If the eggs float they are not any good and if they don't they are still good. Haven't hurt us yet.

    We did have a banty go broody for about 5 days and then she got off of them. I did put them in the incubator and candled them after a couple of days. 2 are viable and 3 were not and threw away.

    Sorry I can't help anymore.

  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    OK, now...I am NOT an enabler.... [​IMG] BUT....if it was me....and I had a broody....why not put them under her? I mean...whats a few more chickens anyways? Right? [​IMG] Everyone "needs" a few more.....and the babies....ohhhh, so cute!!! [​IMG]
  4. RoyalHillsLLC

    RoyalHillsLLC Songster

    Mar 5, 2007
    NW Louisiana-Vivian
    Well, that's what I decided to try this time. She rolled them right under her and is defending them like her own. To try and keep her safe, I put the eggs in a cardboard box and put them in the spot she has been setting on. She inspected it when I let her out this morning and jumped right in the box! Now my plan is to move her, box and all, inside a brooder box I built A while back so she can set in a safe place (we have way to many predator problems to let her set where she was outside the pen).

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