UPDATE, I THINK I MESSED UP! does it matter how long

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by imfowl, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. imfowl

    imfowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just put 3 eggs under my broody hen. She has been sitting on golf balls for about a week. Does this matter? will she only be broody for 21 days? Is candling necessary?

    I just went put some hay in there, and now she wont sit back on the eggs.
     
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  2. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    No , my broody was broody for almost 2 weeks before I put eggs under her. I tried to break her of it, but it didn't work so I put eggs under and she hatched out 4 healthy, happy babies!

    Candling definitely is not necessary. Just peak in every so often to make sure there are no smelly ones!! [​IMG]
     
  3. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Should be fine. Most will set for 30-40 days. Some give it up early and many will go on much longer. I had one Brazilian game hen that would hatch 3 clutches, if I removed the chicks and renewed the eggs. One Spanish game hen sat for almost 5 months on straw. Had to break her up for health reasons. Candling is not mandatory.
     
  4. imfowl

    imfowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, she will sit there as long as there are eggs under her?
     
  5. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    Until the babies hatch! If she has only been on golf balls for a week, then she will be fine!!
     
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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  7. imfowl

    imfowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just went and put hay in the milk crate and now she wont sit back on the eggs!
     
  8. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Try putting the golf balls back in the milk crate, then at night switch out most of the golf balls for the eggs but leave one. Give her some time to want to set back down again.
     
  9. Chicken Girl

    Chicken Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That just hapend to me! But mine was siting for 2 days and i made a box for her to sit in and she jumped out! And now is not siting on the eggs!!! Well i hope we cant get some answers!!!! Should we make the chickens sit on the eggs if we are going throu all this trubel?!!!


    Chicken Girl
     
  10. imfowl

    imfowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just got back inside. I was just freaking out. She sat back on them and fluffed up and purred when I tried to move her. 21 days and counting! Cant wait.
     

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