New...Broody Hen...Many Questions!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 2bradleys, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. 2bradleys

    2bradleys In the Brooder

    Sep 23, 2009
    I am new to chickens; I just started my chicken collection last Spring with day old's from Ideal Poultry. I currently have 5 hens and a rooster. One of my hens is setting; she's a Salmon Faverolle. Oddly (or oddly to me, at least) she didn't decide to set in the partitioned off area where everyone has been laying since they first started laying. Instead, she has made herself a nest (by way of relocating straw herself) in an area directly opposite the normal nests; protected from the elements, but not boxed in like the regular nesting area. Anyhow...there's a whole bunch of eggs in there. Not sure how many, because we haven't tried getting close enough to count them (don't want to piss anyone off, lol).

    I have no clue what to do here. Do I just leave her be? What's the maximum amount of time I should give the eggs to hatch? I read that it takes 21 days...but if 22 days are up and nothing has happened, do I call it done or give it a few more days? What is the success rate for a chicken to hatch eggs herself? What do I do with them if/when they hatch? What do I do with my rooster? Is my rooster being particularly mean because my hen is currently setting? Do you have any other useful information, or answers to questions I've not thought to ask yet? Thank you!!!
  2. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Songster

    Dec 17, 2010
    Under Your bed
    Alright, it takes 21 days for a chicken egg to hatch.

    You start counting days 24 hours after they start incubating. And

    they can hatch up to 5-6 days late. I always make SURE mine are dead before

    tossing them. Broodys know what they are doing and generally should have a pretty

    good success rate, however there are many hens out there that don't do well. So depends

    on your hen. I would leave her be. But it's a good idea to seperate them after they hatch so

    that none of the other chickens will hurt them. I learned that the hard way. Good luck!
  3. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

    Apr 25, 2010
    Northern WI
    If you look on my BYC page, and scoll down you will find some info on broodies
  4. airwolf

    airwolf In the Brooder

    Mar 10, 2011
    chicks take 21 days to hatch

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