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When will broody leave nest after some eggs hatching?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tlmancuso, Jun 17, 2018.

  1. tlmancuso

    tlmancuso Chirping

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    I have had 5 eggs hatch under my hen on days 21 and 22. 4 eggs are left, but are too dark to candle so I’m wondering when do I remove them from her?

    Also, when I move her out of the nest to streatch her legs she stays squatting. Will she recover okay from sitting so long? She looks so tired. I’m assuming she’s just reacting to still having eggs to sit on. I’m hoping instinct will be enough to keep her healthy. All of the hatched chicks are perfect!
     
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    #1HenGranny In the Brooder

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    It might be best to move her to a brooding pen. You can keep the eggs on the floor in a hay nest and give it until day 26, I've never had any make it after 5 days late.
    Best of luck
     
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  3. tlmancuso

    tlmancuso Chirping

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    I’ve got a place I can move her to tomorrow and we’ll see what happens. Will she eventually leave the non hatched eggs and get back to moving around?
     
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  4. All eggs should be hatched & accounted for by day 22. Hens will normally stay on the nest and brood their babies for up to three days post hatching but this should be the hens decision. Messing with her too much will cause her to become restless and restless hens soon trample their own biddies.
     
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  5. dunnmom

    dunnmom Crowing

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    She will very likely give up on unhatched eggs on her own, especially if she's a good mama. My broody often got stiff and unsteady legs from sitting so long. Scared me a couple of times because she accidentally teetered and stepped on babies, but they were ok. Once she was done with sitting and committed all of her time to showing her chicks the ropes, she worked out her kinks within a couple of days.
     
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    #1HenGranny In the Brooder

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    My silkies won't leave an unhatched egg, so it depends on the hen. If you have to take the eggs don't let her see them being removed, she will be less upset and forget about them sooner.

    And I'm not sure about your hen not standing, I've never had any do that. She could just be tired, hatching eggs is hard work. Make sure to feed her plenty.
     
  7. tlmancuso

    tlmancuso Chirping

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    I moved her to a private run this morning and removed the eggs that hadn’t hatched. One quitter and two not fertile.

    She’s now doing great! Up and around and being a happy momma. I think her legs had lost some circulation due to being so dedicated to the nest.
     

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