Is this OK?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by marlene, Aug 22, 2016.

  1. marlene

    marlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a broody sitting on 5 eggs. Today is day 19 and broody left the nest to eat. She only left the eggs for about 3-4 minutes. I thought that from day 18 they sat and didn't move till the eggs hatched?
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Its perfectly fine - she knows what she is doing. I have had the same experience in the past and hatches have been just fine.

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  3. Dmontgomery

    Dmontgomery Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I agree with CTKen, as usual. God made chickens dumb as dirt, at least mine. But the one thing they excel at is hatching eggs. They know when it is okay to get up and move around and exactly how long before they need to go back. My main broody hen may get up just long enough to eat, or she may stay off the nest for a long time, even up to day 21. They know what they are doing. Trust nature.
     
  4. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Smile Premium Member

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    My momma hen got off her eggs while they were pipped. They hatched fine.
     
  5. GoldenFlight

    GoldenFlight Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    That is perfectly fine my hens have left to dust bath when one chick was hatched and the rest were still hatching.
     

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