How long do hens continue to sit after the first chick hatches?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Flutterbee, Aug 22, 2014.

  1. Flutterbee

    Flutterbee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hen's first chick, Winifred, hatched about twenty one hours ago. So far, she has three chicks, Winifred, Eunice, and Gus. I believe that another egg or two might be hatching and I was just wondering how much longer she'll continue to sit. I don't want anything bad happening to the unborn babies.
     
  2. StewedMammal

    StewedMammal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She may sit for another day, but could possibly get up sometime today.
     
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  3. spotsplus

    spotsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It varies hen to hen and when the majority of the eggs hatch. It wouldn't be unusual for a hen to leave with her brood of chicks leaving behind a late comer still in the shell. I always watch out for that when hatching eggs with a broody hen :)
     
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