will she stay sitting until i take the eggs?

spish

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i have a broody whos just finishing hatching out her eggs. my neighbour told me that if i dont remove the eggs that dont hatch, she will never get off the nest...is this true?
how long do i wait until removing the unhatched eggs? i dont want to remove them too soon incase they are just late (4 out of 7 have hatched so far)
 

Ridgerunner

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No, this is not true. If it were true, chickens would be extinct. Enough hens would never leave the nest with their chicks to keep the species going. A 100% hatch, even under a hen, is not a sure thing or a normal thing.

The chicks can survive three or more days without any food or water. This is so the hen can stay on the nest and hatch the later eggs. The hen and chicks talk to each other. The hen can tell by the peeping when she needs to leave the nest and find food and water for her living, already hatched chicks. She can also hear the peeping in the eggs of any chick that is late, so she usually does not leave the nest too soon, but the hens have been genetically programmed to care for their living, already hatched chicks instead of waiting for eggs that will never hatch or that hatch too late.
 

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