They're Hatching! Day 20 for Glenda *PICS ADDED*

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by speckledhen, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    My poor molting broody hen's eggs are hatching already. I believe maybe three are out now. Can't see yet. She insisted on staying in that sideways milk crate and she's a big girl, so there isn't much room under her for six babies; that is, if they all six hatch. Maybe I'll change her to the coke crate, which is twice as big, after they're all hatched. Here is Miss Glenda on her nest this morning, chirping babies underneath. She is the daughter of Suede and my Buff Brahma girl.
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2008
  2. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Yeah Glenda!!!!! You go Girl!!!!
  3. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Come on out little ones so Cyn can take a peak and a pic! [​IMG]
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Oh my! How exciting! I can't wait to see them!
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    She's moved sideways on the nest with her bum hanging out, LOL. I knew there wasn't much room in that nest she insisted on. Still cant see the babies!
  6. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    Can't wait to see the chicks. I have a couple broodies right now, don't know if they will do any good, but we will see.
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Well, this is NOT going well. She's crushing the eggs. Already one chick is dead half out of the shell, one hatched and had a little yolk, which she promptly began eating! Another was semi-crushed and her nail broke a vessel. The chick who may have entrails outside now from bad mama is in the house under heatlamp, as is the partly crushed egg, whose chick is trying to get out. She just isnt mama material, I guess. Great for setting, but not the hatching part. Should I remove the other three eggs from under her and put them under a heatlamp to hatch? I'm thinking she'll just kill every one of them. And one that is left belongs to Skye, the only blue Orp egg we had.

    EDITED TO ADD: 2008 continues in grand style for me. Sunny nor Olivia would have done what Glenda did today.
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2008
  8. Ellie

    Ellie Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    Can you move her out of the crate and just leave her in the nesting materials to give her more room? If she gets weird, then you can go ahead and put them under the heat lamp?

    You can still put the chicks under her after they hatch and she 'll probably raise them ok like Emily did.

    Last edited: Sep 29, 2008
  9. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    Oh yes... I would take them out! :eek:

    I thought Glenda was the good fairy? [​IMG]

  10. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Oh Cyn! I am sorry, I hope the half hatched one makes it. BAD BAD Glenda, No scratch for her......

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