What can go wrong when a hen is hatching eggs?

eggboy

Songster
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Jan 23, 2010
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What can go wrong when a hen is hatching eggs? None of my hens have ever hatched any eggs but I am thinking when one goes broody maybe i'll get some eggs for her to hatch. any tips?
 

Illia

Crazy for Colors
10 Years
Oct 19, 2009
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Keep her away from the other chickens when she's broody, as they will bother her and possibly her chicks when they hatch, and keep her in a safe place. Make sure she has access to water and food and actually takes it - Some will often eat as little as possible, and people often wonder if their chickens are simply missing. I've never actually had a hen go broody though, but look forward to it if our Brahmas do. If - Operative word.
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Terri O

Crowing
10 Years
Jan 2, 2010
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WI~chickening for 30 years!
I have had much better luck when they just decide where to go by themselves and disappear. All of a sudden the reappear with their family! This time I tried to move my broodies into private accommodations and they must not have liked my style because they both went off their nests. I will try again a bit later in the season. Good luck! Terri O
 

IggiMom

Songster
10 Years
Apr 12, 2009
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West Virginia
Omigosh. What can go wrong. I do not have time.
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She can just decide it isn't her bag and go away.

She can wait until they hatch and then eat them.

Another hen can come along and lay eggs in her nest so that they are at different stages of development.

She can poop absolutely all over them in the most awful smelling mess you ever smelled.

She can decide to steal eggs from another hen who is brooding and is more timid.

I am sure there are other things but my brain is going numb.

Having said all the above, hens probably have a better hatch rate than any of us. Or at least me.
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Some of this can be avoided is she and her clutch of eggs are in their own digs.

Catherine
 

IggiMom

Songster
10 Years
Apr 12, 2009
1,742
81
171
West Virginia
Omigosh. What can go wrong. I do not have time.
smile.png


She can just decide it isn't her bag and go away.

She can wait until they hatch and then eat them.

Another hen can come along and lay eggs in her nest so that they are at different stages of development.

She can poop absolutely all over them in the most awful smelling mess you ever smelled.

She can decide to steal eggs from another hen who is brooding and is more timid.

I am sure there are other things but my brain is going numb.

Having said all the above, hens probably have a better hatch rate than any of us. Or at least me.
idunno.gif


Some of this can be avoided if she and her clutch of eggs are in their own digs.

Catherine
 

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