My Broody quit on Me

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by uncle, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. uncle

    uncle Out Of The Brooder

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    My broody quit after two solid weeks. I came in from work and she was not on the nest.
    I spotted her in the pig pen and she looked wore out.
    Her comb was very pale and she didn't have a lot of spunk.
    It takes me about an hour to feed and water everything and when I was done, I went to check and she had not returned.
    I grabbed all 13 eggs and put them in the incubator.
    It's been around 100 degrees all day and the eggs were warm, What do you think my chances are?
    Brian
     
  2. BairleaFarm

    BairleaFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When was the last time she was on the nest? Im new to hatching but with temps of 100 all day I think there is a good chance they will hatch.
     
  3. ozark_chickies

    ozark_chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is a very good chance the eggs will hatch [​IMG] . I have three piping in the bator now that my broody quit. I have no idea how long she was off the nest, and my eggs were cold, so there is hope.
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I'm betting the eggs will hatch. Check the nest site. If she is pale, the nest may be infested with mites--they can deplete a hen's blood supply and kill her or force her to vacate the nest. Extreme heat like we are experiencing can also cause hens to stop brooding.
     
  5. UrbanFarmerGirl

    UrbanFarmerGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think your odds are pretty good. Candle in a day or two- if they've been incubated for 14 days already you will see some definite movement if they're still in there.
     
  6. uncle

    uncle Out Of The Brooder

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    She was on the nest last night. This was her firs attempt and brooding and I think she just had enough.
    No mites or other pests in the nest.
    It's no problem to incubate, I was just looking forward to a hen raising some chicks around here.
    Brian
     

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