Help I turned the eggs!!

Parkourpeep

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I have a Cochin bantam who recently became broody, we moved her to her own private nesting area, she has two RIR eggs who are most likely fertile, and one of her own eggs, she and the RIRs have all been mated by a buff Orpington,(poor Cochin! She must have been hurting when that
rooster mated her with his big bulk lol!) but she toughed it out and all the eggs she is setting is half buff. anyway I went out to mark the eggs she would hatch, and did so. I came out later (about 30-45 mins) to check on the Cochin and her eggs. I obviously didn't think, because I took the eggs out and looked at them, but in the process I accidentally turned them around!!! I put them back and left the Cochins eggs alone, and i fear they won't hatch after me turning them!! Is it something to be worried about?? Please reply when you can, this is my first broody hen, and first time hatching, sorry about all the panic, but anyway thanks.
 
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gpop1

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im not sure what you mean by turning them that's so upsetting.

You do know that a hen has to turn the eggs during incubation or the chick will get stuck to the shell.
 

Parkourpeep

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Oct 20, 2015
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I'm sorry I think I wasn't clear enough, when I actually took them out from the hen,I turned them each a few times to mark them, and the reason was I stressed is did I turn them too much? Or did I turn them earlier than the hen would do herself?
 
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Parkourpeep

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Oct 20, 2015
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Whew! Thank you, sorry about the annoying anxious chatter, just thought it was urgent, I will continue to monitor,
 

Hermit House

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It's ok Park, ask away. I think we all go through it. I know I sure did. Take some time to read through the learning guide. It will set a lot of those concerns at ease.
 

Parkourpeep

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Oct 20, 2015
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One last thing, the Cochin got off the eggs just now and is eating and drinking, I thought she wanted to take a quick break, but now she is scratching and was equaling for her flock mates,
 

RoxysAnimals

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One last thing, the Cochin got off the eggs just now and is eating and drinking, I thought she wanted to take a quick break, but now she is scratching and was equaling for her flock mates,


That's all right! It's alway great to be concerned about your chickens. Hens can stay off of their eggs for up to half an hour, and she's probably looking for minerals and food. She should get back on the nest any time now.

Here's a fact for you- A hen on eggs will turn the eggs from the start, up to 300 times a day! Totally fine. It's the natural instinct they have.
 

junebuggena

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Nothing to worry about. A hen doesn't turn her eggs on a schedule. She's not sitting there on the nest thinking, "It's been a quarter of an hour, time to turn little Eggburt a quarter turn to the right, and Eggwina needs a half turn to the left."
 

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