Staying on the Eggs to Hatch

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

  1. PamelaJP

    PamelaJP New Egg

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    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 Overrun With Chickens

    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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