How long to leave eggs with broody

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jdywntr, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, this is my first time having a broody chicken. My BO went broody but for the first few days one of my extra roos kept chasing her off of the nest. I made him a seperate pen so he'd leave her be.

    Per my calendar, she went broody 24 days ago but I posted something about the roo chasing her off the nest 22 days ago. How long should I leave the eggs with her? I know that they were fertile but I am not good at candling (I've had broody ducks) especially in the late stages as the egg just looks dark. I was expecting them to hatch already but so far there is nothing on the eggs I've looked at. No pips etc.
     
  2. Birdragon

    Birdragon Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, some eggs are a little late, but it's possible if the hen was off the nest for too long that the eggs died[​IMG]. I'd say wait a few more days, and if nothing hatches, then perhaps get a new batch of eggs if the hen is still broody.
     
  3. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I'll wait a few days. I don't know if I'll give her more eggs though. I'll need to check her body condition as I don't want her wasting away on the nest. If I take the eggs, maybe I'll see about getting some babies at TSC and seeing if she'll foster them.
     
  4. chookalina

    chookalina Out Of The Brooder

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    I am in the same boat! Good luck! I just started!
     
  5. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any other opinions?
     
  6. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I went and removed her from the nest to have a good look. I generally leave my broody ducks alone and let them do their thing. Well, this hen ended up with 8 additional eggs in her nest!! When she went broody, I marked all of her eggs, 12 of them! So either she was stealing them or others were laying in the nest with her.

    I was able to candle some before she started pecking the poop out of me. 3 of the originals were obviously bad, they were sloshy. And I was able to remove 3 others.

    I did see movement in one. It looked like a beak poking up into the air cell. So, I'm assuming that is a good sign.
     
  7. Birdragon

    Birdragon Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, that would explain it! I'm glad you figured it out! Do you have any idea when these extra eggs are due?
     
  8. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No idea. I think its been 2 weeks since I counted under her. So, oh well. I've no way of continuing them. I made myself an incubator (nobody else has decided to assist by going broody) but I put 36 eggs in there 8 days ago.
     
  9. Birdragon

    Birdragon Out Of The Brooder

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    Has she stopped being broody? I thought she was still sitting on them...[​IMG]
     

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