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How long can a broody hen be off her nest? How good of a hatch rate can I be expecting?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MontainBourbons, May 31, 2016.

  1. MontainBourbons

    MontainBourbons Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello I currently have 2 bourbon red hens laying on eggs and at times they get off for up to 45 minutes. Is that normal?
    I would also want to know how high of a hatch rate that I can be expecting, if it's high or low?
    Thank you for your help
     
  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

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    Depending on how cold it is. With the warmer temps it's no big deal if their off their nest 45min or longer. As far as hatch rate that depends on a lot of things.

    This I Guarantee on your hatch rate it will be some where between 0% to 100%
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  3. jas humbert

    jas humbert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is no one answer and it depends greatly on the individual hen. Some broodies are much more diligent than others. I've had 100% hatches and 0% hatches with different hens.
     
  4. MontainBourbons

    MontainBourbons Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Haven't checked in for a While but I did get 20 healthy chicks out of 30 eggs.
     

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