Staying on the Eggs to Hatch

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PamelaJP, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. PamelaJP

    PamelaJP Hatching

    Apr 2, 2012
    NW Arkansas
    Does the brood hen have to sit on the eggs 24/7 (except for food and water), or can she get off and walk around? And how long can she be off the nest before the chicks/eggs will die or not hatch? Thanks.
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

    It depends on how cold it is outside. Usually between 15 - 45 minutes is a good estimate. My girl would not leave by herself. She would go right back after 15 minutes, but it was really cold out. In the summer, I would think that they can be off for a good 30 - 45 minutes a day.

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