Should I let her try again?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mortimer, May 14, 2009.

  1. Mortimer

    Mortimer Out Of The Brooder

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    OK, so we had our first broody about two weeks ago. Put her in her own sectioned-off area of the coop, plenty of food/water/fresh bedding and sit her on 9 eggs.

    I noticed 2 eggs off to the side around day 8 and removed them on day 10 or so. Candled the others and they looked great!

    Today (day 14) I went out to collect eggs and she's torn her nest to pieces! Two broken/eaten eggs on the ground outside the nestbox, one broken inside, the remaining four still in the nest but covered with egg mess. She happened to be up & eating at the time I went in otherwise I may not have noticed.

    Now, an hour later, she's back to sitting on the remaining 4 eggs but I can't imagine they'll make it as dirty as they are. She *seems* to still be broody despite the egg carnage around her nest.

    So what now? Should I give her some more fresh ones and let her try again, maybe with a smaller clutch? Been 3 weeks now since she started showing signs of broodiness, will she last another 3 weeks? Or is she just not meant to be a mother?


    Thanks for your help!
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2009
  2. Farm Frenzy

    Farm Frenzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The others were probably bad. In my great broody experience, which is a long time with my grouchy girls, they always seem to know the good from the bad. They will seperate them, or get rid of them somehow, and hatch the rest. I wish we had that kind of intuition while incubating...
     
  3. Mortimer

    Mortimer Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah, I figured the ones she kicked out were bad -- what do you think are the chances for the remaining four? Her nest was a mess, yolk & eggshells everywhere, I cleaned up as best as I could but the remaining eggs are covered with mess, and I'm afraid to wash them
     
  4. Farm Frenzy

    Farm Frenzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They'll be fine. have you candled them yet to see what's going on in there?
     

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