I cant wait anymore!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Goat_Walker, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    My Buff Orp Female is currently broody over 8 eggs,
    Dates laid :

    2nd, 3rd,4 th, 5th, 13th, 15th, 19th, 20th

    The first and last are a few weeks apart !

    My first egg is due the 30th will they possibly hatch before then?

    What about if she abandons the younger eggs?
    Also ( ill post pics later) I have the ducks currently seperated from the goats due to goats stepping on eggs, do i need to seperate the males from my female when the ducklings hatch, well if they hatch???
     
  2. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    The eggs will hatch from the time she started sitting on them and incubating not from when they were laid. You can store eggs for 2 weeks (hatching rate does go down after about 7-10days) and they will still take 3 weeks to hatch from the day you set them in the incubator. If she or someone else continued to lay in the nest after she started sitting on them then they will hatch at different times. It's quite likely the ones hatching later will be abandoned and not hatch unless you put them in an incubator real quick. That's why the chicks don't start developing until all have been laid and someone is sitting on the nest keeping them warm and why broodies stop laying.
     

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