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Hen left her eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jjohnston419, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. jjohnston419

    jjohnston419 New Egg

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    I have 2 hens sitting, one has been sitting for 3 weeks, today she just up and left her eggs and is now trying to sit with my other hen on her eggs. I'm a new chicken farmer so I'm not really sure what I should do. I don't want her to sit too long and cause her any problems.
     
  2. oakhollow

    oakhollow Out Of The Brooder

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    I would try candling the eggs she left to try to determine if they are still viable. If viable, either stick them in an incubator or lock her in with them. If not viable, I would first deny her access to the other hen.
     
  3. jjohnston419

    jjohnston419 New Egg

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    How will I know if they are viable or not
     
  4. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Shine a bright flashlight into them (works better on the fat end). If they're viable, for eggs that far along, they should be pretty much full/dark inside and you could see some veins and maybe some movement in the air cell.
     

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