Mother hen abandond eggs that are chirping (4 hatched and 7 eggs haven't pip yet)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ERICKA1546, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. ERICKA1546

    ERICKA1546 New Egg

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    Hello! We have 4 new chicks and eggs still left but mother hen doesn't want anything to to with the rest of the eggs. I did the water test and they are rocking and rollin and i even heard loud chirps coming from them. there were no pips hence the reason i did the water test. what should i do. we live in the CA valley so its very warm here usually in the 100's. should i just let nature do its thing or intervene? Thank You =)
     
  2. JediJinx

    JediJinx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First off, I am very new to chickens. But, if I were dealing with this problem, I would take the 7 eggs and put them in a brooder box with heat lamp and thermometer, just keep them around 95 or so, and keep damp towels under them for humidity. A heating pad just under the damp towels might also help with the temperature if its not warm enough. Sounds like the other 4 were just early birds!
     
  3. ERICKA1546

    ERICKA1546 New Egg

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    Thank you for the info and getting back to me asap. Mother hen is back on the eggs now that the sun is going down hopefully she stays there! =) if she does the something tomorrow and stays off the eggs during the day i may do what you mentioned =)
     
  4. Staceybullock

    Staceybullock Out Of The Brooder

    I have the same scenario here in Texas - 4 eggs within days of hatching but mother has 2 chicks and won't sit on the eggs. A friend more experienced than mine says just leave them in a safe place ( horse feed bucket) with some hay to hold in the days heat, or maybe a light and let nature take its course. Mine aren't chirping yet, but in the water test they wiggle so my fingers are crossed for both of us!:fl
     

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