broody hen not sitting on all of her eggs

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Re: broody hen not sitting on all of her eggs
« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2011, 09:44 »
Quick update,

It was 21 days yesterday and no chicks yet, I can hear cheeps but not from all of them. I assume that they will not all hatch at the same time but should they all hatch in the same day?

how long should I leave eggs that have not hatched before I remove them?

Any guidance would be appreciated

thanks in advance

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Re: broody hen not sitting on all of her eggs
« Reply #16 on: August 07, 2011, 09:48 »
the 21 day rule is just a generalisation - they can be several days apart so please be patient, have chick crumb and chick drinker there ready and sit on your hands to prevent going and looking  :D
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Re: broody hen not sitting on all of her eggs
« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2011, 10:13 »
What Joyfull says  :)

I had one chick hatch out on Easter Monday, which was day 22 and the other didn't hatch until the Thursday after that (day 26).

Good luck and keep us posted...oh and don't forget the pics when they hatch  :D
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Re: broody hen not sitting on all of her eggs
« Reply #18 on: August 11, 2011, 17:43 »
Well, the saga continues
Only one egg hatched in the end, we took the eggs back to the farm and it turned out that 3 were unfertilized, 1 never developed and the other was a fully formed chick but didnt make it out of the egg
So yesterday evening we picked up two 2 day old chicks to replace the eggs. We introduced the chicks and all seemed to go well but today Mrs O does not seem too pleased with the new additions, she pecks at them quite harshly and does not seem to care if they are left outside alone in the run. If we pick up the chicks and put them under her she seems ok. I am not sure if I should remove the chicks and rear them indoors or persevere. Last thing I want to do is find them harmed in any way

Pleas help! :(

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Re: broody hen not sitting on all of her eggs
« Reply #19 on: August 11, 2011, 21:52 »
I am not an expert; however my instinct would be to protect the chicks.  If she's not really accepting them I would put them under a heat lamp and rear them yourself.  You might want to put the chicks together when Mrs O lets you know that she has had enough of her chick and is ready to join the other hens.

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Re: broody hen not sitting on all of her eggs
« Reply #20 on: August 11, 2011, 23:38 »
Hello, I'm a totally new member here, my coop arrived this morning and I get my hens at start of Sept (Buff Orpington, Rhodie,White Sussex and 2 Speckledy's) I love this thread and cant wait to hear how your little chicks-to-be are doing :) 

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Re: broody hen not sitting on all of her eggs
« Reply #21 on: August 12, 2011, 00:05 »
I have checked twice this evening and all three chicks are under mum, so i will leave them where they are for tonight. I will check tomorrow and if she still seems not too keen then I will rear them indoors. So fingers crossed

At the moment I dont have a heat lamp so need to go shopping tomorrow if its looking a bit iffy
As allways thanks for your advice

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Re: broody hen not sitting on all of her eggs
« Reply #22 on: August 12, 2011, 08:34 »
If you can't get a heat lamp tomorrow, then a 60watt fireglow bulb will be good for a few days.

To save on electric, a ceramic dull emitter for a vivarium (these should be readiy available in a large pet shop) would be a good choice :)

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Re: broody hen not sitting on all of her eggs
« Reply #23 on: August 13, 2011, 11:55 »
In the morning all chicks were still under mum, so I left them where they were. At lunchtime I checked on them again and Mrs O had pecked one of the chicks, it had a bald patch and a little scab on its back. So I removed them, popped them in a container under a heat lamp in the utility room.

The little injured chick is looking a bit sorry for itself, could kick myself now. Anyway will have to wait and see how she goes.

« Last Edit: August 13, 2011, 11:57 by jax86 »

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Re: broody hen not sitting on all of her eggs
« Reply #24 on: August 13, 2011, 19:33 »
Good luck with them and keep us posted  :)



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