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How long can a hen leave eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by DylHayd, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. DylHayd

    DylHayd Hatching

    Aug 23, 2010
    I have a hen who has been laying on 2-3 eggs for right at 5-7 days. She has been getting off them VERY briefly to eat and drink...but this morning she got off the eggs for 30-45 min. I was thinking that was way too long for her to leave eggs....?

  2. Nah, if your weather is still warm an hour isn`t too long. They should be fine.........Pop
  3. LaurenM23

    LaurenM23 Songster

    Jun 16, 2010
    King George, VA
    While I've never had a broody, the stories I have read on these boards has told me that those girls know their stuff! With as warm as our weather has been, eggs certainly wouldn't cool quickly...even after an hour. It might be that she felt the eggs were too warm and purposefully stayed off for a time. How they know what they're doing is just awesome, in my opinion. Trust your hen and see what comes of it. Now if she left them for much longer, you might want to keep an eye out...

    Edited for a spelling error.
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2010

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