Will a broody get off when they hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by gabby3535, May 25, 2010.

  1. gabby3535

    gabby3535 Songster

    Generally, what does a hen do when the eggs under her start to hatch?
    Does she get off the nest? Does she watch? Does she leave? Or do the chicks hatch 'under' her?
  2. HawaiiHorseGirl

    HawaiiHorseGirl In the Brooder

    Mar 21, 2010
    Since nobody has answered you, I will. The eggs will hatch under her and she will remain on the nest a couple days until they all have hatched or she decides they are no longer viable. Anyone please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong! [​IMG]
  3. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Songster

    Oct 16, 2009
    Hi, I agree with the last response. She will usually sit tight until the eggs all hatch or she kicks them out as she does not think they will hatch. When all are hatched she will tend still to sit for a couple of days. Sooner or later (usually about 48 hours from the last egg to hatch) she will get up, by which time the chicks are usually running around looking for food and fluid,

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