Momma got confused on nest

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Dr.GarryTTucker, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. Dr.GarryTTucker

    Dr.GarryTTucker Songster

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    how long is too long to be off of a nest. I came home and momma had been on a different nest. How long is too long? Are they still good? Do you think they died?She has been off for at least 3-4 hours. They were not warm to the touch. Maybe 5 hours at the most. I left home this morning around 8 she probably got off around 10-11. That’s when she got off on Saturday. I came home around 3 and that when I moved her.
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Given the temperatures in Texas, the eggs should still be viable. They can withstand chilling for longer periods at lower temperatures.
     
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  3. Dr.GarryTTucker

    Dr.GarryTTucker Songster

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    Even though she left the nest for 4-5 hours? It’s been 70-90 today
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    While that is not a good thing, it is not necessarily a disaster. I've has hens off the nest long enough for the eggs to be really cold to the touch. I distinctly remember one, my guess is that she was off the eggs for 7 to 8 hours, though that is just a guess. She still hatched 11 chicks out of 11 eggs.

    If you wish you can candle the eggs and see if you can see movement. Then candle again in a few days and see if they are still developing. Personally I don't candle them but just put the hen back on the right nest and see what happens. I've always gotten chicks, usually a lot.
     
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  5. Dr.GarryTTucker

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    Ive heard, I don’t know how true, from someone on here that the eggs will go into a hibernation for 8+ hours. They said it was “scientifically proven”. No studies cited so. I put momma back on it and I’ll be coming home for lunch from now on.
     
  6. Dr.GarryTTucker

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    Why don’t you candle them?
     
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    I don't feel the need.
     
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    They will be fine..Although I'd set Momma up in a Broody pen so she won't leave the nest and won't have interference from other Birds..
     
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  9. Perris

    Perris Crowing

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    I've had the same sort of experience as Ridgerunner, and mine were fine too. I don't candle either - if it has any impact on the outcome, it can only be negative. I prefer to leave a broody be, believing that she knows better than we how to incubate eggs.
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I don't candle broody eggs much either...maybe just halfway thru to remove any duds.
    My broodies get moved behind a wire wall in coop before I give them fresh fertile eggs.

    How long has she been setting?
    Have you marked the eggs you want her to hatch so you can remove any new additions daily?
     

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