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How long can a broody hen be off of her nest?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by horselover1999, Nov 23, 2015.

  1. horselover1999

    horselover1999 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My broody's eggs are on day 9. Last night I moved her nest to a portable nest box. My dad lets them out at 4-4:30 am. When I got home at 4:00 pm she was in her original nest and the eggs were cold. Will the eggs still hatch after a maximum of 12 hours off the nest? I don't know when she got off and switched nests. I have already had to cull 5 eggs for not developing or a cracked shell. There are only three eggs left. I really want them to hatch. Please help!
     
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  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your best bet is to give the hen some fresh fertile eggs. It is doubtful that the three are still viable. After brooding only 9 days she will easily brood the extra time to hatch fresh eggs.
     
  3. horselover1999

    horselover1999 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I candled the eggs and I saw a little movement so they might still be alive. I have heard of eggs that were off the nest for longer than mine and still got a good hatch rate.
     
  4. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are out nothing by trying. Wait 24 hours and candle them again. Then go from there.
     
  5. horselover1999

    horselover1999 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I moved her to the portable nest box I should have left the box in the original nest box.
     

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