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Letting a hen hatch in winter yay or nay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kylen2007, Feb 14, 2016.

  1. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Her name is now Broody Mama!
    She'll protect the chicks from the others, no need to put them in 'jail'.
    They will need a lower feed/water area, possibly fenced off from the flock with small openings only the chicks can get thru.

    Did you mark the eggs under her...so you can remove any others that may get laid in her nest?
     
  2. kylen2007

    kylen2007 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did not. How should I mark them? My girls are not good sharers. Any tome someone else tries to get in with another they chase each other off. Except my ISAs they will stack 3 in one box lol.
     
  3. kylen2007

    kylen2007 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm a clean freak. I read up on the diseases and do as much as I cam to prevent them. I know there is only so much I can do but I do it. Luckily for me I am a SAHM and have the time to give them.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Heavy pencil or sharpie line all the way around egg for ease of seeing them,
    check every day to be sure no other eggs are in there, remove them if there are.
    She may not let anyone else in, but she might, best to keep an eye at least at first, to avoid a staggered hatch or too many eggs for hen to cover.

    I never thought my hens shared nests either, until one day I was out there working on something for an extended time and saw that in fact many did share nests to lay.
     
  5. kylen2007

    kylen2007 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Update. I marked the eggs and so far no new eggs have showed up. 1 got cracked so she is down to 9. After candling tonight (day 5) I can see the veining on 8/9. One is a darker shell and hard to see in. I think I see a dot in the center but not sure. I will check again monday. Looks like my roosterhas been a busy boy though!
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    Sounds like a nice clutch.
     
  7. kylen2007

    kylen2007 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He has 16 hens. Not sure where he has the time. some of them run when they see him do his wing dance.
     
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  8. kylen2007

    kylen2007 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another update! Day ten and momma hen is going strong! Unfortunately since I have darkger eggs all I can see now is black masses. :( i can clearly see the air sac arill and some around the babies but other than ghat just masses. I do think one may be a quitter buf I am going to wait it out a few more days and double check. This is my first time candling so hopefully I am doing it right :)
     
  9. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    All dark is good, better than clear. Now it's just waiting to see what hatches. Excited for you.
     
  10. kylen2007

    kylen2007 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh good! I have a question. My rooster is a Jersey Giant but some eggs are from Easter Eggers and some from Giant hens. Am I going to end up with a scattered hatch? If so will she stay there and finish hatching them?
     

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