Help on hatching two eggs 3 days apart

paleochick

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Dec 2, 2012
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Southern California
I have a hen that has hatched one egg successfully and has one more to hatch (fertile). The chick is just over 24 hours old and I expect the other egg to hatch within 24-48 hours. Is that too long between hatchings for the hen and chicks to do well? Hen is not sitting on egg as much as she was right after the chick hatched.

I don't have an incubator so I can't take the egg and hatch it. Should I continue to encourage the hen to sit on the egg and move the chick to her?
 

oldhenlikesdogs

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You can't make a hen sit on an egg. If you remove the first chick she may go back to setting. Have you candled the remaining egg to see if it's viable?
 

paleochick

Chirping
7 Years
Dec 2, 2012
39
7
72
Southern California
It is viable and should have hatched within a day of the other egg. I currently have the hen, chick and egg in a large dog crate with a nest box. She does return to the egg frequently with both the egg and chick underneath her. They are all inside the house too with regular temperature and humidity.

I just didn't know how long the hen could be off the egg at a time (right now around 30 mins then back on the egg for 30 minutes - her choice not mine).
 

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