Nest maintenance for my setting hen.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by parkerpeeps7, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. parkerpeeps7

    parkerpeeps7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2011
    Hi guys! I have a setting hen & I noticed today that there are a few broken eggs where she is sitting. I think they are getting broke b/c they are dropping new eggs on top of those already there and it's cracking the others. I also noticed a few flies on the nest today. My question is should I remove the eggs & put fresh shavings down and then put the eggs back or leave it be? I did manage to scrape out a broken shell & a little yolk with a stick but there is more under the eggs. I don't want to touch the eggs too much and run the risk of her leaving them b/c she has been sitting for about a week now. Also there are now 20 eggs & this will be our first time hatching; is that too many? I'm trying to get the ones up that are newly laid and aren't very close to all the ones piled up. Thank you! :)

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