The natural way

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BethChick78, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. BethChick78

    BethChick78 Out Of The Brooder

    Hi all,

    Background: I have a 2yr old RIR cross that is broody. She has been broody for almost two months so I decided I would have a go at raising chicks the natural way by using my broody.
    I popped 4 eggs under her but lost two in the first 4 days due to the other girls or boys eating them. We moved her out immediately to a make shift brooder (a dog crate) whilst we built a proper one. We moved her in there last night. She has a nesting box (with the two remaining eggs in) and a run with feed and water.

    Question: how long can she come off the nest for before the eggs are in danger? She obviously feels comfortable to do this now and has spent the last hour off the nest, foraging and bathing. This is the second time I have seen her out today. Should I be worried?

    Many thanks in advance for any help
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Normal incubation period for a chicken egg is 21 days. If your hen has already gone 60 days, there is a strong possibility that her 'over term' broodiness coupled with the move may cause her to stop setting. Do you have a back up incubator?
     
  3. BethChick78

    BethChick78 Out Of The Brooder

    No I don't and I've just checked the eggs and they are stone cold. What is this 60 day period that you speak of. I have not read anything about that?
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    You said that she has been broody for two months. That is 60 days - far longer than most hens will set.
     

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