How long should you wait before declaring eggs under a hen no good?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by amast13, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. amast13

    amast13 Out Of The Brooder

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    Nov 28, 2010
    I have a hen that was brooding on 4 eggs. One hatched Friday late afternoon, the other Saturday morning, and now there are 2 eggs left. How long can you wait to toss the eggs? Also once the chicks are removed to be reared alone how long will she sit on an empty nest before giving up? Is there something I can do to get her to not continue to brood?

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  2. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Knoxville,TN
    She might keep trying for a while or not. You just never know. Since they are nearing a week after the hatch date I would take them out and float test them just to make sure. If there is no sign of life throw the eggs away. She might peck at you, so wear gloves. Here is how to float test. https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=383525
     
  3. amast13

    amast13 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the insight.
     

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