Will broody hen stop leaving nest after day 18?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AliceGee, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. AliceGee

    AliceGee Out Of The Brooder

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    I've currently got one broody silky on 6 fertile eggs. My first hatch and we're on day 13 and all are going well so far and I've seen movement in all which is very exciting! My question is does there come a point, I've seen day 18 somewhere, that the hen will stop leaving the nest to eat and drink until the hatch? It's her first hatch too and she's a bit clumsy when she gets back on and rolls them around a bit so I'd be worried she might ruin their positioning when she's getting on and off after day 18.
    Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2014
  2. AliceGee

    AliceGee Out Of The Brooder

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    Also just out of curiosity has anyone every had a really chill broody? I read heaps of posts and saw all these videos where broody hens would growl at and attack anyone that would go near them. My silkie girl couldn't care in the slightest if I touch her, she lets me put my hand right under her face and take an egg out!
     
  3. Joshua G

    Joshua G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some hens will stop leaving the nest as often during the last couple days of the hatch.
    If she rearranges the eggs it is no problem as hens often have +70% hatch rates.
     

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