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new girl from Dixon,MO

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mybrntly, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. mybrntly

    mybrntly New Egg

    Apr 11, 2016
    I have 7 rir hens and 1 rir roo. One of my hens is bloody and has been sitting on the eggs of all 7 hens. I am not able to touch any of the eggs bc if I do she will break them all. How am I supposed to know if she will hatch any out? I have grabbed a couple that she nocked out of her nest. And they pad the water test and from what I can see there is nothing in them. How long till they hatch?
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    The hen should leave the nest at least a couple times a day to eat, drink and poo, even if you have to force her to do so. In the interim remove some eggs and keep the other hens away from her. First she cannot hatch a big group of eggs, second as they are added maybe day by day, they will not be hatching age at the same time.

    If you don't know when she first started sitting in earnest, there is no way to know when the eggs should be hatching. Some broody mama's will hatch a couple chicks and then abandon the rest of the eggs. If you had an incubator, you would have them in there.
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  4. mybrntly

    mybrntly New Egg

    Apr 11, 2016
    I pulled all the eggs and candled them. They were dud. I think that bc of the # of eggs she couldn't keep them warm. I'll try to keep the other girls out thanks
  5. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013

    I hope things work out better for you next time.
  6. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. Its often better to plan hatching - if you see a hen acting broody, then begin collecting and storing eggs for setting under her once you are sure that she is committed to being broody.

    All the best next time
  7. mybrntly

    mybrntly New Egg

    Apr 11, 2016
    Today she has chosen a smaller area to nest all day. And it looks like it is keeping the others out

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