Max Time Frame for a Broody Hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chickenlady1440, Mar 25, 2018.

  1. Chickenlady1440

    Chickenlady1440 In the Brooder

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    I have eight hens and one rooster. One of my hens went broody and we want baby chicks this spring. Rather than incubate, I decided to let my broody hen become a momma. She had 7 eggs under her, but upon candling today (day 10) none are fertilized. Should I break her from being broody at this point or can I start all over with new eggs under her?

    I want to do what is best for her. I do have an incubator as an alternative. Thank you in advance for your help!
     
  2. Give her some more ferile eggs....dont break mama's heart :) :)
     
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    You could get some fertile eggs....or some day old chicks.
    I wouldn't wait too long to do either.

    Wonder why your boy is not doing his job?
     
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    I wondered the same thing.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    How old are your birds?
    Have you been checking the yolks for fertility when you break them open to eat?
     
  6. Chickenlady1440

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    My rooster is about 2 years old and the hens range from 8 months to 2 years old. I do believe I have had some fertile eggs when I cook them.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Where are you located?...he might have his 'spring vigor' yet.
     
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