the greenest hatcher ever PANIKING!!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pattgal, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. pattgal

    pattgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok so my chicks are due on dec 1 (day 21) and that is all i know, lol
    i'm just a little concerned because I read somewhere a bout different incubation times for different breeds
    does this mean I shouldn't have put brown eggs with EE eggs under the hen??
     
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  2. kelseygirl707

    kelseygirl707 Dances with Chickens

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    All Chicken eggs go the same amount of time, sometimes Banty eggs hatch a day early, but they all average 21 days.
     
  3. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    doesnt matter the color of the eggs. They all hatch approx day 21. This last hatch of mine didnt hatch til day 22.
     
  4. pattgal

    pattgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK is it possible my hen just ate a few of my eggs??? would she eat her own chicks??????
    I found broken shells and no chicks. 2 of the eggs were dud's but im sure there was more than that in there. we ran out of feed this morning but eating her own chicks????
    for now I took them out because half of them are due today and half tomorrow
    I put them under a lamp, what do I do?
    I was set on the idea momma would just care for them. I was gonna put the heat lamp in there for them and everything
    can I put them in with momma after they hatch???
     
  5. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:Unless you are me, then they hatch on day 19 when I wasn't ready.
     
  6. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    I've never hatched out chickens, but I did hatch out a Moluccan Cockatoo. The parents nibbled off some toes within the first hour so I pulled the chick and hand raised it. I know some animals don't recognize their young and will eat them (I know 'cause I used to work at the zoo) so yes, it is possible. I would have done the same thing as you and pulled them. I'm hoping someone else with more experience will be able to help you out.
     
  7. OkieChickenDad

    OkieChickenDad Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Look under her wings? early hatchers hide. Did you mark the eggs BEFORE you removed them? Temp and humidity are now your biggest problem if you took them indoors and put them under a lamp. I would take the hen and the eggs and bring them in where you can keep an eye on her, but I would put the eggs back.
     
  8. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    Quote:Look under her wings? early hatchers hide. Did you mark the eggs BEFORE you removed them? Temp and humidity are now your biggest problem if you took them indoors and put them under a lamp. I would take the hen and the eggs and bring them in where you can keep an eye on her, but I would put the eggs back.

    I agree. A pet carrier would suffice for a broody nest. I would put them back with momma for sure. The chicks could have fallen out of the nest or be hiding somewhere. Personally I have never heard of a hen eating her chicks.
     
  9. pattgal

    pattgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just checked the coop, under her wings no chicks....
    I cleaned her nestbox since there were no eggs left for her to sit on, looks like it was a dud. the goop from the egg had run through the straw to the floor. I'm relieved!!! is there a way for a hen to know which ones are good or bad? would she be getting rid of them somehow? or maybe the eggs just got too fragile over time.. what do you think
    I will take your advice and bring the dog carrier indoors
    I will send an update as soon as possible....
     
  10. pattgal

    pattgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok! well I got her inside but she would not settle down. I'm surprised my kids didn't wake up from all the squawking!
    so I went in and got her brooding buddy (one of my silkies) and she sat on them instantly. [​IMG] Just when I thought my silkie was useless haha
    My silkie gets broody but she can only really handle 3 eggs and she is not careful like my EE. she tries to take to many eggs and leaves some uncovered
    anyway.... I hope all the disruption with the eggs being taken out and everything hasn't affected them. they were cold when I took them out, that was one of the reason's I did it
    I don't know what I'll do without you guys. I'm getting the internet disconnected at the end of Dec. [​IMG]
    I will keep you posted
    and post pics of the chicks providing that all goes well
    P.
     

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