Why are my eggs hatching so far apart?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ReadyvilleBird, Apr 18, 2019.

  1. ReadyvilleBird

    ReadyvilleBird In the Brooder

    Jan 25, 2018
    So I have a bantam sitting on a clutch of about 20 eggs from all the chickens in the coop. Some of the eggs started hatching two weeks ago and I’m still having some hatch. I understand that the eggs were laid weeks apart but if the incubation started at the same time, what gives with the time between hatching. I have nine so far and hopefully more on the way
  2. BYCforlife

    BYCforlife Free Ranging

    Mar 18, 2017
    Alberta, Canada
    The only way that it is possible for some eggs to be hatching that much later is if they were laid later in the incubation process. Good luck with the rest of the eggs!
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  3. Helloworld

    Helloworld Songster

    Jul 17, 2018
    Down on the Suwannee River
    You are seeing a hen sitting on her own eggs and someone is slipping some in when she goes to eat and drink?

    I check nests daily. It may help to move her to a quiet area to see if she is having someone having her secretly surrogate and I have had hens that actually lay as they sit. Some mamas want many children, some what just enough! Hehe.
  4. Squishychicken

    Squishychicken Songster

    Oct 13, 2017
    North carolina
    You started all the eggs on the same day correct?

    Is she separate from the other hens preventing there eggs from being layed daily under her causing them to hatch in diffrent days?

    Like stated above unless the eggs started incubating weeks after each other then that's not possible if they were started in the same day.
  5. ReadyvilleBird

    ReadyvilleBird In the Brooder

    Jan 25, 2018
    That makes a lot of sense. One of my bigger hens was bullying her off her eggs and I figured she was just going broody and wanted to sit on the only clutch available. Thanks
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  6. ReadyvilleBird

    ReadyvilleBird In the Brooder

    Jan 25, 2018
    That’s a great explanation. I don’t know how she does it though. The small cochin bantam that can’t even cover all the eggs and somehow managing to hatch all of them. Not one has rotten yet. We are 12 chicks and counting with probably 8 eggs left. She is an awesome bird!
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  7. Jbently28

    Jbently28 Songster

    May 7, 2018
    I've had hens with staggered clutches before and it's definitely no fun. In my case, other hens were adding eggs and my broody was also stealing eggs from another brooder box. I learned very quickly to make sure that the other hens don't have access to the same box. She should stay sitting as long as you are pulling the chicks within 24 hours of them hatching. Good luck with the rest of your hatch!
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Staggered hatches put an excessive burden on setting hens. They lose condition during the brooding process, and it is not impossible that they might die. She is an awesome bird and the brooding process should be terminated as soon as is possible.
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