Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

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

  1. stonykill

    stonykill Overrun With Chickens

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    I just candle at the nest during the day, while mama is up doing her daily business
     
  2. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    Thanks. She is pretty.

    Annoyingly she wasn't on the nest when I just checked on her and the eggs felt cold. But she did rush to the nest and cover them with herself as soon as I came around. So I think I'll hold off awhile before ordering anything. Just to see if she takes to the new location.
     
  3. stonykill

    stonykill Overrun With Chickens

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    sounds like she is almost ready
     
  4. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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  5. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    I'm itching to order eggs for Topsy - the hard part will be finding a smaller quantity. I really got excited when I thought my LO might be going broody - I pictured a good dozen under her. LOL.
    I candle in the evening before lock up - it's dark enough and I use a high power flashlight. I candle on Day 3 or 5 and then right before "lockdown" which is around Day 17 for the broody. I only toss definite clears and stinkers.

     
  6. aaggjg

    aaggjg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hen (first timer) is NOT MOVING ...... I try to push her and she sits firmly in place! For a wee little cochin she sure knows how to use her weight effectively!!!
     
  7. Miss Lydia

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  8. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    I wish I could say the same. But Topsy appears to have abandoned her nest. :( she has let the eggs get cold and is sitting off to the side in her coop. I'm not sure if I should leave her alone to see if she sits more or move her back into the main coop tonight.
     
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I'd leave her till tomorrow, the eggs can get cold and still hatch. I've had it happen and I'm sure others have..
     
  10. stonykill

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