In the Brooder
- May 21, 2017
So this is the first time we have had one of our girls go broody. I didn't collect eggs for a few days and we found one of our Isa Browns sitting on a LARGE amount of eggs. We decided to let her do her thing and candle the eggs in a week to make sure there were no bad ones. On Thursday I got home and my son checked the coop and we have a chicken running around in the nesting box. We decided to move her and the chick and eggs inside in our spare room in a very large dog kennel because there was just no way for the chick to get out of the nesting box. Anyway, at this point our first chick is still running around doing great, everything else went down hill. We had another pip BUT mom starting picking the egg apart and then pushed it away. baby comes out with a hole in its stomach/chest (not where the yolk absorbs). It didn't live longer than 3 min. Then we had one pip and was peeping and seemed really active. I had to leave to go to a funeral and when I came home the egg was shattered but the membrane was intact but our poor chick was dead. Woke up the next morning to find a fully hatched chick making 2 but it never seemed as active as our first chick. Come home from work to find a shattered eggs with a half formed chicken laying in the nest. Then about an hour later chick #2 had died. Now mom keeps getting off the remaining eggs to chase baby around the kennel and I just found another egg where the shell had completely shattered but the membrane is completely intact. Is mom crushing the eggs? Did they stop developing and does something cause them to become fragle and shatter? We still have 6 eggs left and they could have been laid up to 5 days apart so I don't know if its to late for them or if they need a few days. I would appreciate ANY advice on what is best to do in this situation.