I am really bad at this! :(

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Turquoise55, May 30, 2017.

  1. Turquoise55

    Turquoise55 Hatching

    May 30, 2017
    well I am a first-time chicken breeder and I didn't know when the hens are going to sit on the eggs(becoming broody), so I didn't remove the eggs from one to another until my hen sat on the eggs but without me knowing so I forgot to label them at the time that the hen sat on them

    3 weeks later and I am confused on when the chicks will hatch, I candled them and they were growing and some of the eggs are in different stages and I don't know what to expect, so my questions are:

    1. how should I know when the chicks are going to hatch without the first-day date?
    2. will the hen leave the young unhatched egg?
    3. what should I do if she abandoned her eggs?

      I didn't put any new eggs with the hen through the incubating process and I removed some eggs during the process (no development and spoiled)
      I have 16 chickens 12 are eggs 1 broody hen 1 not broody and not laying hen 2 roosters
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    :welcome The date the eggs were laid is not a factor. All eggs should hatch approximately 21 days from the time the hen started setting. Within 24 to 36 hours after the first chick hatches, most hens will leave the nest. If other viable eggs remain, you will need to provide some form of 'incubation' if you want to hatch them. Good luck.
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  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    Yep, this. ^^^
  4. Turquoise55

    Turquoise55 Hatching

    May 30, 2017
    The problem is I don't know when she started sitting on them because I was busy
  5. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
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  6. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Crowing

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    It doesn't matter when she started sitting on them. She'll hatch the chicks and take care of them. You have a general idea what day she sat so can look for chicks 21 days after that. She'll leave the nest with chicks for first outing day after hatch and kick all unhatched eggs out of nest.

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