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Trouble with a broody hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lukewride, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. lukewride

    lukewride Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 27, 2009

    My hen is sitting on 6 eggs 9 days into incubation but she keeps either accidently or purposly knocking eggs out of ther nest box. I've come home from work on 2 occasions and the same egg has been kicked out twice.. and the 2nd time i put it back under her at the back..

    its all ver confusing..

    has anyone else had this problem before?

    and also, if the eggs are cold to touch does that mean they are dead?
    I've always put them back under her in the hope that they're fine..

    anyway, any help appreciated!!

  2. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    She's kicking out the bad ones. Somehow they just know when an egg is no good. One of natures wonderful little mysteries.
  3. lukewride

    lukewride Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 27, 2009
    i have candled the ones shes kicked out and they werent dark like a few of the others. thats amazing..

    i diddent believe my mum when she said that.. i'll have rto apoligise to her lol...

  4. chilling in muscadine

    chilling in muscadine { I love being disfunctual }

    Jun 8, 2008
    muscadine, al.
    [​IMG] from Sweet Home Alabama. Our feathered friends are totally amazing and just shows you the hens knows what she is doing. Now this hen is probabley thinking "what is wrong with you." [​IMG] Sorry I couldn't help that one. [​IMG] I myself have placed a egg back under the hen so don't feel like you are the only one.

    Now tell you mom so she can get her "I told you so's out of the way." [​IMG] Good luck with the rest of the hatch!
  5. preppy*hippie*chick

    preppy*hippie*chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    Centerburg, Ohio
    Wow! That's pretty cool.
  6. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    The live, growing chicks start to generate body heat. The dead ones don't. The hen feels those cold eggs under her and kicks them out.
  7. Fancie

    Fancie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2008
    Quote:Makes since.
  8. Delta2 23

    Delta2 23 Flock Master

    Sep 4, 2008
    If you didn't see the dark shapes in the bad egg that means there is no chick growing inside. And if it's cold that means there is no chick too. That is amazing how the hen can pick out the bad ones.
  9. lukewride

    lukewride Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 27, 2009
    Its amazing... i've been trying to work it out all day. the body heat theory makes sence.

    It takes me 2 attempts and 2 torches to work out what the hells going on in there and she knew all along..

    thanks for the help!
  10. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    Wow, I wondered that.....I have been accusing my 4 yr old daughter & 2 yr old son of getting in there and disturbing her eggs!! LOL I bet it was never even them!!!

    Learn something new every day [​IMG]

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