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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 Chirping

    Aug 11, 2014
    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 Songster

    Feb 19, 2013
    Pembroke, MA
    She may sit for another day, but could possibly get up sometime today.
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  3. spotsplus

    spotsplus Songster

    Sep 29, 2008
    Franklin, MA
    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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