will my eggs hatch

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by genge09, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. genge09

    genge09 New Egg

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    I gave my chicken her eggs to sit on and its been almost 4 weeks but still no sign of chicks. The material she is sitting on is soil in a sack,since all my chickens prefer laying eggs on the ground rather than in straw nest.Do you think this could affect the hatchability of the eggs?
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! In nature hens would lay and hatch their eggs on all sorts of things, including soil. Unless the soil was badly contaminated by something, like a chemical, for example, it shouldn't have an effect on the eggs. After 4 weeks the chances of them hatching are pretty much 0%. Would it be possible for you to get some day-old or 2 day-old chicks for her to raise?
     
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC! Sorry about your hatch. X2 What Sumi said, hens hatch out chicks all the time in nests based on dirt so dirt as such is not the problem. Hope you are able to find her some chicks.
     
  4. alibraun

    alibraun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello n Welcome! sorry about your hatch not happening, I only have girls so far.
     
  5. genge09

    genge09 New Egg

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    No the soil was not contaminated,it was just pure dirt.I think that it may not have been warm enough for the eggs or they just weren't fertilized.I'll let her sit on them for a couple of days longer just to be sure.I appreciate your responses guys.
     
  6. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! [​IMG] Glad to have you aboard. [​IMG]
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Do you have a rooster that would have fertilized the eggs? You could also break one or two open and see if there was any development at all. If the eggs start oozing and smelling, carefully get them in a plastic bag so they don't explode on you. Skunks are perfume next to stink eggs.
     
  8. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Welcome and enjoy!
    Steve. :frow
     
  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! I would remove the eggs right away and carefully........they're most likely rotten at this point.
     

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