She broke an egg

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tattooedchickenlady, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. tattooedchickenlady

    tattooedchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My white leghorn has been sitting on eggs for a couple of weeks. Actually from the first day I gave them to her it's been 23 days, but she wasn't sitting on them at night at first.

    I left them in a laying box until 2 nights ago. I figured if she was getting close to hatching, I wanted her in a safer place. And I was afraid the other hens would break the eggs or kill the babies.

    So we put her in a cage that we use as a brooder, so she would be alone and the peepers wouldn't get hurt. Well, lets face it, she HATES the cage. She complained for 30 min or so when we first put her in it, then she finally settled down and sat. Yesterday I went to give her a treat , and she flipped the box over. We couldn't put a wooden box in it because the opening is too small, so I made a small enough, yet big enough for her, cardboard box.

    Today when I went to refill her water she got upset again, jumped around, jumped into the box and cracked one of the eggs. Really she demolished it, BIG, GIANT, GAPING hole. And it had a baby chick in it, it was perfectly formed as far as I can see, but way too early to even consider making it.

    I'm sick [​IMG] because it's my fault. But I had to feed her and give her water........poor little baby [​IMG]. When we candled the other night before the move, we had 2 that definitely were doing well, and one that was questionable. So I guess I hope the one that was iffy is the one that was broken

    Oh, and I don't have an incubator, that's why I allowed this drama to happen.
     
  2. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    I'm sorry this happened. Can she get in and out of the box? Maybe that would help.
     
  3. tattooedchickenlady

    tattooedchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, it's just a box sitting in the enclosure, it's about 4 inches high. She seems to be TRYING to chill out a little.........
    I'm just sick with worry about my last 2 eggs. i so want to see one of my OWN babies, ya know?
     
  4. lowcountrypoultry

    lowcountrypoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am so sorry [​IMG]

    I hope the others hatch for you [​IMG]

    Best of Luck
     
  5. tattooedchickenlady

    tattooedchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I bought a bator today, so I can just put them in there.
    Check out my other bad day stuff on the raising baby chicks forum.
     

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