Question about how long hen will sit after 1st chick hatchs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by WRBH, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. WRBH

    WRBH In the Brooder

    Jul 13, 2008
    Williford, AR
    Sorry, but I do have another question. I have a hen with 2 eggs under her, and 1 is in the process of hatching out right now. She is a sweet hen, was hand rasied so I'm am so happy for her, been fun to watch her 'talk' to her chick when it peeps at her. What I was wondering is how long will she stay on the nest after this chick finishes hatching. It's only day 19 for both of them so other egg might be a few more days before it hatches as well. It's been a long time, 20 yrs, since I ahve had a hen hatch eggs, so I can't remember. Thanks for any input.
  2. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Songster

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    I'm new at this, but just had my blue sumatra hen sit on 14 eggs, some of which were 3 weeks old when she decided to set. She sat until every one of them hatched. She wouldn't move for me to see the process, but I saw one little head and then more and more each day for four days. She has 14 healthy 4 week old babies.

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