Hen sitting too long???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dragonfly36556, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. dragonfly36556

    dragonfly36556 New Egg

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    My first hen is setting on 5 eggs. I can see that2 of them have cracks in the shells. This is day 22. Should I take her off the nest? Can the eggs hatch if she is still sitting on them?
     
  2. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    Leave them alone! Let her stay on them (so the humidity doesn't drop and shrinkwrap the babies) for a few more days. The cracked ones may just be hatching. I usually wait until day 25.
     
  3. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

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    I have 4 broody hens setting on eggs that are hatching as I type. I've been watching them all morning, and it's awesome! They stand up just a little bit as a chick come out of its egg, and then settle back down onto the rest of the eggs as the hatchling moves out of the way. Amazing girls!
     

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