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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:31 am 
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Hi there, just wondering if someone with more knowledge and/or experience would be kind enough to offer an opinion.

On Friday night I put eggs under a broody. My husband and I went away for a few days, leaving our 16 year old daughter in charge.
On Tuesday evening (late - exact time not known) our daughter accidentally locked the broody out of her private suite.
On Wednesday morning (7am) I found broody clucking and fretting so I let her back in. She is now sitting tight again.

Am I wasting my time? Should I pull the eggs out & call it quits or is there hope?

Many thanks for your thoughts.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:39 am 
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It's worth a try.
Have a look here

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=8039183&hilit=hatching+from+cold+eggs&start=0

Unless you have more eggs, I would give them a chance, at least until you candle them


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 11:39 am 
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Thanks Sue. The eggs are a bit special so I'd be very happy if they can be "saved".

I have heard stories of eggs that are quite late in development surviving cold times but these ones are only 4 days in so I'm afraid to hope. I am going to let Rose the broody give it a shot all the same. I won't hold my breath but I have seen nature allow for some amazing acts of resilience.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 2:05 pm 
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good luck. I'm interested in the outcome.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:23 pm 
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Sonja wrote:
Am I wasting my time? Should I pull the eggs out & call it quits or is there hope?

I heard a story about such eggs being collected accidentally from under a broody hen & put into the fridge, only to be rescued & replaced later in the day. Some of those eggs hatched.

So yes, there is hope.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:00 pm 
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It is going to be a long wait. Rose has high hopes and is still sitting tight. I've got the camera ready to share some pics of the miracle chicks in the event that they do make an appearance :pray


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:22 am 
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They Are Hatching!!
Rose the Queen Broody has done it :woot:

Nothing to see yet but there is clucking from Rose and chirping from beneath her. When she brings the babies out for their debut appearance I will get some photos :-D

Edit: As I type my husband is taking a look & giving Rose & her new family some fresh, cool water (it is so hot here right now). He just reported that Rose got up to have a drink and there looks like about "half a dozen" chicks. Considering that there were only 8 eggs to start with that is pretty good. I was prepared for none lol!


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:32 am 
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Excellent news!! You must be very happy :)

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:28 am 
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Great, glad you gave them a chance.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:56 pm 
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Great :)


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:46 pm 
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Rose the Queen Broody has achieved a 100% hatch rate. Beyond anything I was hoping for.

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She kept us in suspense for a bit. It took her a while to decide to take the babies out of the nest but when she did there were not 8 but 9... I forgot that I threw in an odd egg from one of my old favourite hens when I put them underneath her lol!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:36 pm 
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That is a great outcome! I think the fact it happened early in the incubation period probably was the saving grace.

Congratulations on your new balls of fluff! :clnava


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