Irregular Hatch

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by vigario, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. vigario

    vigario Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 28, 2011
    I had a broody hen sitting on three eggs in the hen house. After a couple of days she was off the eggs and I noticed there were 13 eggs. I guess when she got off for awhile other hens laid new eggs. I moved the hen and the eggs to a separate hen house. I picked her up last night and saw eggs, but then found a chick in the other laying box. Will the hen take care of the new chick or keep sitting on the eggs until they hatch? What do I do with the new little chick?

  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Cover her head so you don't get pecked and slip the chick under her. Night time works best. Watch her tomorrow to be sure she takes the chick. She'll usually stay on the nest another 24-48 hours to let the rest hatch. Now, sounds like you're going to have multiple eggs that won't be ready to hatch. If you have an incubator you can try that, or just toss the partially developed eggs [​IMG]

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