Some eggs hatched others n't for a Broody hen, I need advise

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by shannara200, Feb 6, 2015.

  1. shannara200

    shannara200 In the Brooder

    Sep 16, 2012
    Hello Everyone, in January I had a hen go Broody right when it was the coldest, she has a past for going broody and raising chicks she seems to like being a mother and does a great job. She just finished and has 4 chicks but 4 eggs never hatched. I opened them up and found they where at different stages of development and was wondering why did that happen.

    I placed her in the basement where it is warm to lay on the eggs, she had plenty of food and water and had all eight eggs under her but only 4 hatched.

    Is there something I am doing wrong that causes some eggs to stop developing while she sits on them?

    Thanks for the info

    Georgia Chicken freak
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    A hen provides the best conditions for hatching.
    Eggs under a hen that don't develop can have many reasons.
    Breeder nutrition, breeder age (too young/old), breeder disease.
    Time of year (roosters need to be photostimulated as well as hens)
    Egg storage conditions.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2015

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