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Hen not sitting

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Blueyes132, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. Blueyes132

    Blueyes132 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 reds that I think are laying eggs. So far I have 11 eggs but neither hen are laying on them. What do I do? Are they dead?
     
  2. marlene

    marlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A hen won't just go broody because you are leaving the eggs in the nest. It is a hormonal factor as to whether they go broody or not.
     
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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  4. Blueyes132

    Blueyes132 Out Of The Brooder

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    Are they dead or should I wait or should I just eat them? The temps here have been in the 80s if that matters.
     
  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    If your hen has not been sitting on them they will not have developed. Do you have a roo? If you have no roo mating your hens your eggs will not be fertile and nothing would be able to develop in them. Go ahead and eat them, don't waste those delicious eggs :D
     
  6. Blueyes132

    Blueyes132 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 Roos.
     
  7. Blueyes132

    Blueyes132 Out Of The Brooder

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    How long are eggs good for if they've been sitting outside?
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Depends. Eggs kept on the counter, at room temp are good for about 2 weeks. If they've been left outside in very warm weather, I'd probably scramble them up and feed back to the birds. No reason to risk it. Also, collect eggs every day. Leaving them in the nest box will not induce broodiness. Brooding is controlled by hormones. Some breeds are very prone to brooding. Others, like production type reds, have had the broodiness bred out of them. Even in broody-prone breeds, young pullets aren't usually going to go broody before they turn a year old. Also, hens don't usually go broody in the fall/winter. It's the longer days of spring and summer that bring on the hormones for brooding.
     
  9. SedonaSunset

    SedonaSunset Just Hatched

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    Can anyone tell me how to post a new thread in a forum from an Android smart phone? I've read the instructions on how to post new threads but there doesn't seem to be that option on my phone. This is the only place I've been able to find where I can post something.
     
  10. SedonaSunset

    SedonaSunset Just Hatched

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    Never mind. Got it.
     

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