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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Hope0491, May 14, 2007.

  1. Hope0491

    Hope0491 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ::cough::..... I went down to the coop tonight to close up.. and I found 2 cochin eggs and a silkie egg on the floor of the coop where I keep my bantam cochin broody... at this moment I started to panic, 'cause today is day 20. So I quickly pick them up... they are VERY cold... and I put them up to my flashlight... and they have all broken the air cell... argggg... I could smack this broody!

    So, I brought them into the house and they are now in the bator... thankfully they are still alive and are nice and warm now... I have 4 others hatching at the same time... so it worked out great.

    But, Has anyone had a broody do this? I don't know why she did it... you never really do understand them... haha.... she has about 4 more under her that I candled that are all doing fine. They haven't made it through the air cell yet. But, I'll be down there first thing in the morning to check on them!

    ~Lacey
     
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Hmmmm, I dont know why she would do that. Is she young? Maybe it scared her?? LOL So glad you found them when you did, congrats!
     
  3. Hope0491

    Hope0491 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!! I'm glad I found them too!! Although, this morning when I went down to the coop... I found a cochin baby almost out of the egg... but it didn't look right... so I pulled it out... and :[​IMG]r::... she pecked it to death! It had blood all over it and the shell looked like it had been broken off... only the ends of the egg was left. Well, needless to say I took the rest of the eggs.

    She's over a year old and she's hatched out some before... I've never had any problems with her. That's what's confusing me.. haha...

    But, I do have an 8 month old cochin that went broody about a week ago... and she's great! No problems with her that I can notice... haha... the other girl would get off the nest every couple hours and eat and drink all she wanted, this 8 month old only gets off if she absolutely has too... haha...

    ~Lacey
     
  4. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so glad you had somewhere to go with the eggs and can save the remaining chicks. I don't think I'd use that hen again even if she goes broody. All she deserves is a nest of golf balls...[​IMG]
     
  5. Saltiena

    Saltiena Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] maybe she decided halfway (more than half way) that she didn't want to be a mommy again, so she just kinda pushed out of the nest, maybe she remembered when she had the last ones?! [​IMG]
     
  6. Hope0491

    Hope0491 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    AH!! She got in a fight with the other broody trying to take this one egg... and she pecked the whole top of the egg shell off. The baby is still inside the membrane... I don't know how old it is. Will it still hatch o.k.?.... [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I'll try and get pics.

    ~Lacey
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2007
  7. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
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    Oh, no. Sounds to me like it's time for her to be rehomed or maybe invited to dinner. I've never tried hatching an egg like you describe, but it doesn't hurt to stick it in the bator and try.
     
  8. Saltiena

    Saltiena Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i woulden't invite her to dinner quite yet, i suggest just not letting her go broody, don't let her sit on them, shell get over it
     
  9. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a new mama push eggs out from under her. I know with wild birds they seem to know when there is something wrong. She may have had to many or there may have been something not right with the eggs. Were all the eggs the same age? It is possible that the ones that she pushed out were peeping and she was bothered by that with the others not ready yet. I know with the one I had that messed up a pipped egg and pushed several out. The was another chicken laying in the box while she was setting. Also, I gave her eggs that were started in the incubator because I had ones I wanted more than the ones she laid. I felt she knew it was not yet time for her eggs to be hatching.

    She may do better with eggs that are all set the same day, keep the ones you want to hatch and place her in a quiet spot by herself with a batch of eggs once she is for sure broody and see how she does next time.
     

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