Momma left the nest

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by thiggins, Mar 11, 2019.

  1. thiggins

    thiggins Chirping

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    My momma hen left her broody box which has a dozen eggs - she’s been sitting on them for a little over a week. They are stone cold. She sat in a nesting box instead on new eggs.
    Is it too late for the other eggs? Help!??
    I put her back on the “old” eggs with the new (warm) eggs which I marked with a different color marker.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

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    At a week they may be OK. It isn't unusual for a hen to go back into the wrong nest. Especially a first time broody. I like to put them into a unit with only one nest so they don't have a choice.
     
  3. thiggins

    thiggins Chirping

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    It’s her 3rd time being a momma hen. She is in her own spot. Problem is I have a “special” chicken which is always in there with her and even on top of her. This chicken is was attacked by a hawk last year and has been a little “off” ever since. No longer lays eggs but pretends to be broody and will probably end up being a surrogate mom once the babies come.

    I have moved momma back onto the eggs. Fingers crossed I guess.
     
  4. Shamo Hybrid

    Shamo Hybrid Songster

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    You could candle them to see if there are any movements? If it's a little over a week, you can see the little embryo squirm around.
     

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