help - hen is trying to hatch egg - what do I do now?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by onebird2, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. onebird2

    onebird2 Hatching

    Mar 25, 2008
    I've only had chickens a few months and we've been getting an egg or two a day. But one of the girls won't get off the egg she laid two days ago. Is there something I should be doing? I don't know anything about chicks. Will she hatch it and take care of it? Will she feed it? Help!
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    If you do not have a rooster the egg will never hatch.

    If you do have a rooster and want to let her brood it is no big deal. Mother Nature equiped her for the job of raising chicks and she will do very well with them.

    If you don't want her to brood eggs - take the egg and lock her out of the nest.

    You are lucky if she is broody. Some of us never get a broody hen to do the job for us. You could even get some more fertile eggs and slip them under her if you want a more chicks to raise.
  3. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    If she hatches out some chicks, she will take care of them. She wont actually feed them, but will teach them where to get feed and water. She'll keep them warm at night under her wings. Good luck!! [​IMG]

    Oh and if you do let her brood her eggs, you might want to put her in a seperate pen if you can.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2008
  4. onebird2

    onebird2 Hatching

    Mar 25, 2008
    Thanks - I feel alittle better about this. I do have a rooster, but he's not real aggressive, so I don't know if he had a hand in this. I don't have anywhere else to put the mom. Should I be worried about her and the egg/chick? I have 3 other hens, but she seems the most aggressive.
  5. Put feed and water close to the pen so she can broody it longer and she can eat, drink poop and back to the nest

  6. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona
    drink poop and back to the nest


    Drink poop?​
  7. silkieluvr

    silkieluvr Songster

    Sep 20, 2007
    Marin, California
    haha drink poop lol [​IMG]
  8. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    Raymond, Mississippi
  9. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

    Mar 2, 2008
    I do have a rooster, but he's not real aggressive, so I don't know if he had a hand in this.

    It's not his hands you need to worry about [​IMG]

    If you have a rooster, there is a very high chance you will have fertile eggs.

    Good Luck.​
  10. TheChips

    TheChips Chirping

    Sep 28, 2013
    This is an old yet useful thread. As small as it is its informative. I came to see if there was anything I should be doing for my bantom hen who has been sitting on her 2 fertile eggs for the past 6 days. Yesterday I closed her up in a separate coop, gave her food and water outside her nesting area. So she can eat , drink, sit and concentrait without having the other chickens or roosters interrupt her or stress her out. I check on her 2-3 times a day and so far shes doing great! I cant wait. Im assuming they will hatch around the 16th-20th

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