Need advice with broody hatching

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  1. NanaK

    NanaK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I need some advice about my broody hen. She is a 3 yr old Buff Orpington. We gave her a private spot to sit with a private run. She can see the rest of the flock inside and outside but they are separated by fencing. We gave her 10 eggs on May 9 and she immediately began sitting. She will leave the nest only for a couple minutes per day to attend her needs and go right back to the nest.

    Well, Friday afternoon (4-29), at least 2 hatched. This was day 20, I believe. Saturday, I saw we had at least a total of 4 chicks hatched. Sunday, I saw 6 chicks total. I noticed her off the nest but not outside so I took a peek at the nest and there are still 4 eggs not hatched yet. This morning I went out to do my usual clean up, feed up and check on her. Well those other 4 eggs have still not hatched. I feel certain they were fertile. 2 of these eggs belong to my rooster's favorite hen.

    My questions are....Could these other 4 still hatch?.....Will she at some point make the decision to leave these if need be? I believe today is day 23. I don't think any of
    these 4 remaining have pipped yet.

    A little more info about Mama Bird (this is her name). She went broody at 1 yr old and raised 4 babies. She did not go broody at 2 yrs old. So this is her second time raising a clutch. She did a great job and was a VERY protective mother the first time. She is not a bird who likes to be handled and will peck anyone who sticks their hand near!!! I have other hens who love to be handled and allow more interaction when raising babies...but NOT Mama Bird!

    Could someone with more experience than I please tell me how to proceed. I would love to candle these last 4 eggs but unless I catch her off the nest, don't know how I can???

    Thanks so much! This is a wonderful site I have learned so much reading here. I would like to be a more active participant. We have been keeping chickens for about 3 yrs now. Gosh, there is always so much to learn!

    NanaK

    PS I did put a small amount of chick feed and a small waterer in with them so she could take care of them while she sits on the others. She did take them outside this morning for about 3 minutes. They have food and water outside in their private area too.


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  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Other members may do things differently, but I usually give a window of 48 hours from the first hatch before considering the remaining eggs non-viable. Thereafter I discard the eggs and let momma get on with raising her babies.

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  3. NanaK

    NanaK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the quick reply. I have read it could take 2-4 days. I felt like it was getting time to remove them. Just wanted to hear more opinions. She was serious about getting back on them this morning. I just hate to give up too soon![​IMG]
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    That's understandable, so why not wait another day or so? Your chicks have food and water, so they are fine. Leaving it for a bit will do no harm.

    There are no rules - do what you feel is right :)

    Let us know how it goes

    Ct
     
  5. NanaK

    NanaK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I greatly appreciate you sharing your experience with me. I guess I worry too much. lol
    NanaK
     
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    You are most welcome. What I have learned is that advice is great, but doing what ultimately feels right is usually the best way forward. Worrying is normal - you are fretting a lot less than I did with my first hatch, I promise you! :)

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  7. NanaK

    NanaK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ahh, yes you are right! My aunt who is a retired nurse and almost 70 yrs old always says, "sometimes you just have to go with your heart". Doesn't matter what I ask her. lol Words from the wise, I guess.
    Hope you have a great day!
     
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    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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