hen off eggs all day -- cold eggs, hen broody for a month already

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by siouxbee, May 19, 2009.

  1. siouxbee

    siouxbee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My poor hen. She sat on eggs since April 22. None of those hatched -- some fell out the back of the coop before I got the bright idea to put a board across, and those that were left and were marked with the date must've been infertile -- she broke them underneath her and my god what a stink! I retrieved them (she's in our downstairs tub for now) and inside one was a grey porridge like substance, and inside the other was a yellow yolky type substance.

    Of the 5 remaining under her (none of which have dates, so they were laid on top of her by the other hens until I closed off the nest box about a week into her sitting), when I primitively candled them a few days ago, there seemed to be something in it (about 2/3 or more of the shell was dark, except for the bright air space). She got up today and pooped all over the tub. I put her outside, leaving the door open. She stayed on the lawn, and went by the coop, so I let her into the run.

    Tonight I went to lock up the chickens and find her in the nest box. Those eggs were cold all day.

    Should I let her sit on them some more, hoping that the chicks inside were old enough to take it?

    Should I give her fresh eggs, even though she's been not eating, etc for a month already, can she take 3 more weeks?

    I have a hen that went broody this weekend so I put eggs under her marked the 17. Should I take some of those that have a couple of days under their belt and put them under my poor Izzy?

    any help greatly appreciated.
     
  2. keystonepaul

    keystonepaul Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my hen was off all day similarly to yours- and I hatched three fluffy butts- er I should say she did. Good luck, Keystonepaul
     
  3. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    See if she'll settle in with them. If she won't just let her stop. If they don't hatch stuff a few day old chicks under her and let her go off thinking she managed it.
     
  4. siouxbee

    siouxbee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the replies. She's settled in for the night. We'll see what she does tomorrow morning!
     

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