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So what does that mean??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by coyotesmommy, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. coyotesmommy

    coyotesmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hen is acting broody, she goes and sits on the eggs, I just got her some that are fertilized she was sitting on them, but this morning when I opened up the coop she was the first one out!! [​IMG] How cold do they get befor they are gonners? It is still nice here in North Texas. Should I leave them in the nest?
     
  2. MamaMarcy

    MamaMarcy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They all need a break...I'd give her a chance to do her hen outside thing and see if she goes back to the nest...
     
  3. Ukiah

    Ukiah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long did she stay off of the eggs for? It's essential for a broody to get off of the nest
    everyday to eat, drink and do her business. Maybe take a dust bath as well. Usually they're
    off the nest for 15 minutes on average. Give or take a few minutes.

    What kind of signs is she giving you that she's broody? Rolling eggs underneath her while
    on the nest isn't a significant sign that she's broody, it's just nesting instincts. A bossy hen
    with ruffled feathers, looks like a balloon, does that broody cluck, & Sits on the nest all
    day - is your average broody hen.

    If she was giving you all the signs of a broody, and is staying off of the nest loads longer than
    she should, I'd suspect she isn't actually broody. She just thought she was. I recommend
    letting a new broody set on fake eggs for a week before putting real, fertile eggs underneath
    her. Why? Because they often sit for a day or two, then decide they're not broody.

    First time broodies often aren't good sitters, and will not sit through-out the 21 day incubation
    period, or will get off the eggs multiple times a day.
     
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  4. coyotesmommy

    coyotesmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well she pulled all of the feathers off of her belly. Then when ever I would come home she would be sitting on the egg that got laid that day, then after I took the egg she laid on the golf balls that I leave in the nest. [​IMG]. She would puff up and make a soft shrill/ scream when I came up , as to say "Get away" So thought she was ready. She hoped back in the nest last night instead of the roost they all like to sleep on. I will leave them in there and let her practice. Thanks for the good info. Tomorrow is always another day. I will try again later. [​IMG]
     
  5. coyotesmommy

    coyotesmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:So if they get off the nest for long periods of time, than it's is over right?
     
  6. Ukiah

    Ukiah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not necessarily 'over'. The eggs are probably still good. If you really want them to hatch, I'd put them
    into the incubator. depending on how cool the eggs got & how long she was off of the nest, you may
    expect a bit of a late hatch. Once she's really commited, I'd try again.
     
  7. coyotesmommy

    coyotesmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Well today is the 14th and this is the first morning that she did not run out of the coop as soon as I opened the door [​IMG] She did not leave the nest all this morning. But I leave for work at 8 am so we will see..... If anything I will let her practicing and get her some eggs later like you suggested.
     

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