Help!!! Need urgent advise for broody hatch!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by goldie1234, May 31, 2016.

  1. goldie1234

    goldie1234 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 broodies on day 21. One chick hatched this morning. I've peaked in a few times and the hatchling is out and about out from under mom. Both hens are still sitting on 15 eggs (7 under one and 8 under the other).
    I peaked in just now and one of the hens off her eggs and sitting on the other hens chick by her nest box. I can hear another chick under the hen who hatched one.
    I picked her up and put her back on her eggs and put the chick in the box with her. She has taken one chick but the other doesn't seem to mind.
    Now another problem. I'm seeing ants. Maybe there is a bad egg!!!
    What should I do?!?!?
    Move the hen that got off her eggs? Candle them and put the good ones under the other hen?!?
    Do nothing?!?
     
  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Don't do anything. Generally it doesn't matter which hen takes which chicks. Just make sure the right nests are being covered. I don't think there's much you can do about the ants right now. When did you last candle them?
     
  3. goldie1234

    goldie1234 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I candled on day 14. I wasn't sure (dark, dark eggs) so I left them. I'm sick that those eggs went uncovered on hatch day! Hopefully she will stay in them tonight!
     

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