Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by albird101, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. albird101

    albird101 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2013
    So, its almost spring in the next month and my hen so far has 8 eggs in the nest but i heard shell lay a good clutch up to 12 eggs before she decides to set, well i was wondering some of the eggs have poop on them and i was wondering even if she did go broody and decided to hatch out some chicks are the ones covered with poop bad or are they like any other egg?
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    I can't answer that for you, but I am sure someone will be along shortly to welcome you, that can answer it for you. :)

    But it is great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! It isn't unusual for a hen to get her eggs a little dirty or have some poop on them, it doesn't seem to make any real difference in their hatching ... though If they are really filthy / covered in poop (especially if an egg has broken) I usually take them out just to keep the nest other eggs cleaner and not worry so much about contamination from bacteria etc. Has your hen ever gone broody? What breed is she? Just because a hen is laying a clutch doesn't mean she will necessarily go broody any time soon. You may want to mark the eggs by date so if she keeps laying you can take out the old ones ... or put some fake eggs in the nest and collect the real ones and store them until you have as many as you want her to set on (12?) and just replace the oldest eggs with the newest ones until she goes broody, then give her back the collected ones. The BYC Learning Center has some good articles on Broodys you might like. ie
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Do you have a rooster with your flock? If not eggs won't be fertile.
  6. PolkaDot77

    PolkaDot77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2012
    Boise, ID
    Welcome from my flock and I in Idaho! Good luck with your hatch.
  7. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you onboard [​IMG]

    As long as you have a healthy rooster and a healthy hen and the egg's are fertile then the egg's should be able to hatch if you leave them alone [​IMG]
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Lots of fresh dry bedding in the coop and nest box helps keep the eggs clean.
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you. A little dirt is rather normal and won't harm your chicks, but if they're really dirty, I'd remove them, as they could become rotten and contaminate other clean eggs.

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