Max Time Frame for a Broody Hen

Chickenlady1440

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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!
 

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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!
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?
 

Chickenlady1440

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Mar 19, 2018
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How old are your birds?
Have you been checking the yolks for fertility when you break them open to eat?
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.
 

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