Unhatched eggs

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Pule123, Oct 21, 2016.

  1. Pule123

    Pule123 New Egg

    Oct 21, 2016
    About 10 days ago 4 eggs out 15 hatched. Since then the Hen is only taking care of the 4 chicks and rarely sits on the other eggs. What should I do with unhatched eggs? Do I remove them or just leave them in the nest?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] I would remove them and dispose of them.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    I would also dispose of them.

    In the future, you can possibly prevent this. What likely happened is the eggs were added after she began brooding, resulting in what's called a staggered hatch. When a hen goes broody, I like to mark all the eggs I want her to hatch with a sharpie, and give them to her all at once. I then check under her every day or so, and remove any non-Sharpie'd eggs that another hen may have donated. That way, all the eggs are due to hatch at the same time, over a 2 day period usually.

    congrats on your chicks, though. Watching momma raise babies is one of the coolest parts of chicken keeping!
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