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How long to wait on a brooding hen?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Pupsnpullets, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. Pupsnpullets

    Pupsnpullets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hen has been setting for what seems too long. I had a dozen eggs under her and one broke a few days ago. It had an embryo in it. According my calendar she should have hatched a couple of days ago. In fact, Wednesday was the 21st day. It's now Saturday and nothing. It's possible the chicks have died in the shell :( How much longer should I wait before giving up? Poor little mama hen.
     
  2. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breed is she?
    And have you candled them?

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  3. Pupsnpullets

    Pupsnpullets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, haven't candled them but I know from past experience they have at least partly developed. She is a full sized mixed breed with the same under her. Thanks for responding :)
     
  4. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You need to candle them to see if you see movement.

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  5. Pupsnpullets

    Pupsnpullets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will do, and thanks. Is it normal for them to go this long?
     

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