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Should i worry if my hen is off her nest for a few hours?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SkyBlueJar, May 18, 2016.

  1. SkyBlueJar

    SkyBlueJar Out Of The Brooder

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    How long can a mom leave the nest without chilling the eggs to death? Thanks to anyone who can help!
     
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I'm actually not sure. I would think it would depend on the temperature in the coop...and possibly the day/stage of development. I think the longest I remember a hen being off the nest was an hour or so. But if it's a warm day, I wouldn't stress over 2-3 hours...

    Now, if it's longer than that, I would wonder if she's done with it...
     
  3. SkyBlueJar

    SkyBlueJar Out Of The Brooder

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    Every morning I open her pen and she goes out to bathe (she's a duck). Then if I shoo her back into the coop she'll resume sitting all day. But if I don't then she keeps playing in the yard for a few hours. It's very early in the brooding process, so hopefully the eggs haven't been harmed. The weather has been cool.
     
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  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Ohhhh...ducks! My neighbor has ducks (muscovies), and it seems like their ducks don't get serious about brooding until there's a decent collection of eggs built up - so maybe that'll be your girl too.
     
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  5. SkyBlueJar

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    Good point. She's got 16 and just recently started sitting on them. She'll sit on them all night, and then leave for a coffee break in the morning, letting those toasty warm eggs cool off for a few hours before sitting on them again for the next 20 consecutive hours... I hope she knows what she's doing? :lol
     
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