Missing Hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WoodstockRisa, Nov 21, 2015.

  1. WoodstockRisa

    WoodstockRisa New Egg

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    Hi All,

    So I had a missing hen that I sadly thought was a gonner. We are watching my in-laws dog and she is a runner so I have to chain her up. Well long story but she found the "missing" hen and her 25 eggs! I candled the eggs and 11 of them have chicks in them! So here comes the problem, we moved the 11 eggs to the coop and locked all hens in there for a day. We opened the coop this morning and the hen has been out all day and has not gone back to sit on them. Advice? Are they goners? Do I bring them inside? Do I lock the hens back up in the coop?

    Thanks!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I think once the cool off the embryo will die, most hens are not willing to be moved from the nest once they start sitting. Hopefully someone experienced with incubation will help out, all mine is done by chickens.
     
  3. WoodstockRisa

    WoodstockRisa New Egg

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    I had an egg that my kiddos took from a brood hen and didn't tell me for two days. It sat on my counter top in my kitchen and I "discovered" it when I was cooking breakfast! I didn't think they could live away from Momma but that guy survived two days!
     

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