Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by michaelinnc84, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Songster

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    No idea what type duck. This gentleman at my work that buys chicken eggs from me, left it on my SOs desk witha note" Found in Yayuns front yard-please help save baby duck egg" lol. I dont have any other ducks but am relying on the help of my BYC friend who has them to help me out. She has also offered to take it if it hatches if I dont become to attached.

    The egg is cream in color....although can appear almost green ish. Duck eggs are so hard to describe color!
     

  2. This_chicks_place

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    I have a question for those of you in the know. I have a broody who was sitting on 12 eggs, one day last week I checked them when she was out for her daily stretch and one was missing. Missing.....no evidence of it being broken.... nothing. I thought that's wierd maybe I counted wrong. Now today I just checked and another has gone missing! We have never had any egg eaters in the coop and there is no evidence of an intruder. It is a brand new coop so its solid. Will she eat them if they are not growing?? Help!
    I'm stumped! [​IMG]
     
  3. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    When I hatched my silkies it was in an incubator. I had 3 hatch and each of them did so on a different day. So for 3 days in a row a chick hatched. Maybe that's what's happening with your silkies. I've read that they are harder to hatch. Maybe the eggs were laid later or some other chick added to the pile? That can cause staggered hatches. Also if the weather is still cool and she's moving the eggs around and some aren't getting under her good - that can cause slow and staggered hatches.

    Hope everything works out!



     
  4. bobbieschicks

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    I've heard of them kicking them out of the nest if they are duds. I suppose it's possible they were eaten - but more likely by something other then the hen. Could you have a snake or mouse there? Could she be moving them out and they are rolling to another area? I know my little roosters are being curious right now and get into the nest boxes - I've found the eggs they mess with as far away as 10' from the coop.

    Hope you can figure it out soon if it's someone taking them. Are they marked or numbered? That may help to keep track of them if not.


     
  5. Zootopia

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    Anytime we have a question as to what is going on with our stock we use a game camera to spy on them. It has answered many questions that had us scratching our heads. Good lunck figuering it out. No clue here if you don't have shell or egg goo in the nest.
     
  6. QualityPolish

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    Well, this morning I walked out to check on everyone and I found she was covered in yolk, along with all the other eggs and her nesting box...... Is it okay the other eggs have yolk on them now? I cleaned out her box completely but will it harm the eggs? Also, she is in a high nesting box so we will be moving her probably tomorrow and getting her broody box set up for her last week. We've got about 9 confirmed that are more in likely going to hatch ;) What are your suggestions for her broody box (Just a momentary place for her and her chickaroos to be so our roos don't bother them) We've only had a few mother raised chicks so I'm not really sure how to do this. Last time in our old coop the boxes were on the ground and only had 1 roo :/ Any suggestions.
     
  7. Miss Lydia

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    You've got help so hopefully it will hatch and all will be good. [​IMG]
     

  8. This_chicks_place

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    Thank You for your response. All of the eggs are marked, plus they are all purchased araucanas eggs so they are blue versus the brown eggs our girls lay. We have looked everwhere, down on our hands and knees looking through the shavings, nothing..... not a shread of evidence, no shells or goo. We only have 5 hens and our rooster and they stay in the coop and run during the day until we let them out for some free ranging. I'm sure if there was a snake or mouse they would take care or it. She has 9 more days to go. We'll be down to 5 eggs at this rate! [​IMG]
     
  9. Tripp16

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    Silkies are very hard to hatch in my experience. I had one failed hatched! One pipped but didnt zip the first time (Shipped eggs.... NEVER again!) then I tried again with non shipped eggs and 3 werent fertile one took over 24 hours to hatch and I had to pull her out of her shell. She is still tiny compared the others OH and by the way the ONLY hen out of 8 chicks hatched!!! [​IMG] I now have 3 little silkies crowing every morning (sold some). So if anyone wants silkie roosters! Ive got em! [​IMG]

    Anyways back on subject they are hard to hatch in my opinion but the other 8 popped out as soon as the 2nd came. [​IMG]
     
  10. bobbieschicks

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    You may want to try and scape off the yolk but don't wash the eggs without looking up how to do that safely. The eggs can't be completely covered in yolk or the chick won't get the right humidity and air inside. How about a dog crate or milk crate? Or cat litter box that's covered?
     

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