HELP! Hatching eggs removed from broody hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by calliope, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. calliope

    calliope In the Brooder

    Sorry if the answers to this are found in the forum already, but this is somewhat of an emergency. I have a broody English game hen who hatched a bantie frizzle chick a couple of weeks ago. She still had four eggs and one of them hatched out today, but the older chick attacked it so I had to bring the young one in the house and set up a brooder for it with overhead light, etc. (I have bought day-old chicks before, so know how to look after hatchlings). My big question has to do with the remaining eggs, which I also removed from the hen so that if any more hatched they were not going to be hurt. When I removed them I heard peeping coming from them, so of course I had to keep them!

    I've never hatched eggs before and just need to know if anyone has any advice. I have them with today's hatchling in a cardboard box inside a larger Rubbermaid tub with an overhead light. Temperature over the top of the eggs is 100 degrees F. (the hatchling can choose his temperature from 100 to 80 degrees, and seems to like it around 85.) I have a flat dish of water and a sponge right beside the eggs that are under the light, but outside of the cardboard box, itself to give some humidity and so the hatchling can't get into it.

    Is there anything else I should be doing? Should I be turning these eggs? If so, how often, and do I turn them a quarter-turn, half-turn, or ???

    At first I was going to take the older chick away from the broody hen and let her hatch the remaining eggs, but she had a fit and so did the chick, so I thought it would be less stressful this way. Do you think I'll be able to reintroduce the new ones when they're a bit older? Or should I just put the eggs back with the hen and have the chick by himself?

    Thanks so much for any help on this!!

    Linda [​IMG]
  2. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Once the eggs are getting ready to hatch stop turning them. I don't know what to tell you about the temp and humidity, I haven't ever hatched before. I think the temp is supposed to be right around 100, but I'm not sure. Hope someone else can help!!!

    LOPRFYLER In the Brooder

    Jul 19, 2008
    I'm just a rookie, but if it were me... I would put the eggs back and put the attacking chick somewhere else. If you have no top on the cardboard box, the chicks could dry out too fast after they pip through the shell. At least that would be my main concern.
  4. calliope

    calliope In the Brooder

    Thank you both for your replies. I just put the eggs back under the hen and took the aggressive chick out. He's now in his own pet kennel with food and water and is quite annoyed! He'll get over it. He's a super healthy little guy and is getting his feathers.

    I put the eggs back just as one egg was starting to get pecked through, so I am grateful for the info re dehydration.

    Thanks again [​IMG]
  5. calliope

    calliope In the Brooder

    Update: The broody hen hatched out two more eggs, so she now has two chicks and two more eggs under her. The injured chick is doing much better with eyes starting to open up now. The older chick has spent a lot of today in my shirt pocket and seems to be quite happy with the arrangement. Thanks to everyone for their help [​IMG]
  6. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    Great to hear!
  7. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
  8. steffpeck

    steffpeck Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    Sounds like you are doing everything just right!!
  9. kellim

    kellim Songster

    Jun 19, 2008
    SC, GA Border
    Yay! Glad to hear that everything is working out!!! [​IMG]

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