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Will hen leave eggs after one chick hatched?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by acw13, May 20, 2016.

  1. acw13

    acw13 In the Brooder

    Jan 19, 2015
    This broody hen business has been a mess! I had one hen go broody (Peach), then a few days later another followed (Beaks). They are sitting in a "public" coop and I realized that the broodies were getting kicked out of the nest by other chickens to lay (even though there were many other perfectly suitable boxes!) It gets even better, the two broodies ended up switching nests and Beaks hatched the 14 eggs Red was sitting on! Now Peach has been stuck on eggs for nearly a month. One egg hatched 2 days ago, so I'm wondering if/when she will give up hatching the remaining eggs. They are all viable, but at different stages. Such a mess.. What should I do? I brought chick grit to the nest b/c I was afraid the baby would starve. This is my first experience with hatching eggs

  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Crowing

    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    She will stick with it for a few days then when nature tells her the chick needs to eat, she'll quit and head out. You can finish the remaining eggs in a make shift incubator or toss them.
    I had a hen sit on eggs for over 40 days (2 full cycles) with no ill effects. As long as she gets off the nest and eats she's fine.

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