Hen sitting too long???

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

  1. dragonfly36556

    dragonfly36556 Hatching

    Jul 7, 2010
    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

    Apr 19, 2009
    Fall Creek Falls TN
    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

    Nov 27, 2009
    Wilmington, NC
    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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