What do you do when the eggs don't hatch.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by msswede1, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. msswede1

    msswede1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2012
    Homestead, Iowa
    I have an araucana that went missing a few weeks ago. We thought she had been taken by a predator. Then we started seeing her. I followed her about a week ago and she was in our pole building sitting on a nest. We can't remember the exact date she went missing but let her continue to sit on the eggs. I am thinking the eggs are not going to hatch. How long after the 21 days should I let her continue to sit? Once we remove the eggs (if not hatched) do we contain her in the coop until she decides she won't go back into the pole building? We no longer have the rooster so any future eggs will not be fertile. We also have some new chicks which may have a rooster in the bunch, but they have not been introduced to our established small flock.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] You could always candle the eggs to get an evaluation of their status. Since you are uncertain of the exact period that she has been setting, I would give her some more time.

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