When to call it quits and start again with a broodie?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by scoopy82, Dec 24, 2010.

  1. scoopy82

    scoopy82 Songster

    Dec 19, 2010
    Victoria - Australia!
    I'm thinking ahead as I'm not confident I will get any chicks out of the remaining 3 eggs my 2 hens were sitting on - i think one of the hens has been sobotaging the operation. So I will try again but keep one hen in a small portable mesh coop so they can still see each other but can have their own nest of eggs.
    My question is - they were due to hatch yesterday - how many days after they were due would you leave them before removing whats left and starting again?

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I believe they will hatch up to day 25, especially if they were allowed to cool down.
  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Your idea to keep the broody seperate is a good one. It is the only way I ever get a broody to hatch something. But, yeah, I would wait 25 days.

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