Pet Sitter Problems...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by HopieGirl4Ever, Sep 24, 2016.

  1. HopieGirl4Ever

    HopieGirl4Ever The Chook Artist

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    Need to vent - hope nobody minds.

    We recently went for a three-day vacation, and had one of our friends who used to raise chickens take care of our flock. One of our hens was sitting on eggs, and we told them that she was broody and to leave her be. We showed them where to pick up eggs from, and told them that they could take all the eggs for themselves to eat. We came back, and all seemed fine. Only today did it occur to me to check under the broody hen, and all six eggs she was sitting on were gone, no shells, nest clean. We are still waiting to hear back from them, but we are pretty sure that they took those eggs. The eggs were mostly developed and were due to hatch soon. [​IMG]
     
  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Chicken Obsessed

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    How awful! Are you going to give the hen more eggs?
     
  3. HopieGirl4Ever

    HopieGirl4Ever The Chook Artist

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    We're not sure yet, as the hen would have to sit for three more weeks.
     
  4. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Chicken Obsessed

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    Yeah, that would be rough. I hate it if something like that happens to mine. Maybe you could get a couple day old chicks, if it is worth it to you, so she didn't sit for nothing?
     
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Were the broodies eggs marked?
    If not, they are in for a nasty karmic surprise.
    I would have called them immediately to ask if they did take those eggs...or maybe not?
     
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Candle the suspect eggs with a flash lite.


    Having chicken sitters is getting to be something I could write a book about. Detailed directions in writing needed. No outside dogs allowed in. No helpers not checked out in training process.
     
  7. HopieGirl4Ever

    HopieGirl4Ever The Chook Artist

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    They were not marked this time. They should have been... We did ask them, no response yet.
     
  8. HopieGirl4Ever

    HopieGirl4Ever The Chook Artist

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    Yes, agreed. We will certainly write instructions for next time, and hire someone better.
     
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  9. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    The eggs are marked. If viable at time collected they will look very different from the fresh eggs when candled.
     
  10. HopieGirl4Ever

    HopieGirl4Ever The Chook Artist

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    I cannot candle them, as we told the people that they could take all the eggs they collected home [​IMG]
     

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