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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:55 pm 
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We have moved our broody hen aka Fluff (silkie) into another hen house and she has 14 eggs under her. DH candled them tonight and they are all at different stages of growth, she started sitting on them when we put some eggs into our RCOM so its roughly around the same time with 6 days to go for some but others are earlier than that. Is this normal? Do they all hatch in different stages? When and if they do hatch is it ideal to put them in a brooder if there are other eggs still under her??

It seems to be better this time around as we have separated her and she is getting off to eat and drink and not being harassed by the other hens.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 9:30 am 
She may get off the eggs when a bunch have hatched, leaving the others. Normal hatch is 24 hours and in my limited experience broody hens almost always get off the nest within 36 hours at most once they have some hatchlings.
You might have to be ready for when she gets off, and if she doesn't look like sitting again put the remaining eggs straight in the incubator. When they've hatched you might be able to sneak them under her, but only do this at night. And be prepared to brood (raise them under a heat lamp) yourself if it fails.
Hope this is useful. I'm not a terrific expert at all this myself.


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You will probably find that the other hens continued to lay in her nest after she began being broody - hence the different stages of development.

Mostly hens hatch the first chickens wait perhaps a day and then get off the nest with the chickens she has. So about 24 hours after the first chickens hatch, go down to where she is fairly early one morning and check on her. If she has taken her chickens from the nest then gather up the remaining eggs and decide what to do next.

As an aside, I have two hens that repeatedly go broody at the same time year after year. They insist on sharing the the same nest and they both leave the eggs as soon as one chicken hatches. They then share that one chicken. I just then gather up the eggs and incubate them until they hatch in a day or so and raise the chickens in a brooder.

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unfortunately we dont have a big enough incubator to incubate all those eggs....

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rileysmum wrote:
unfortunately we dont have a big enough incubator to incubate all those eggs....


Try them in a deep saucepan on paper towels with a cup of water in there for humidity witha 100w reading lamp shining in on them.

Get the temperature about right by distancing or moving the lamp a bit closer and th older eggs may well hatch. I have done this in the past with some success.

Mike
ps. this is not a substitute for a properly constructed incubator just a short term measure for eggs that may be about to hatch.

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