Advice Please?

Discussion in 'Incubation & Hatching' started by Karen Duder, Nov 28, 2020.

  1. Karen Duder

    Karen Duder New Member

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    I’m not sure what to do. I had a hen sitting on fertile eggs in behind the dog kennel and she was constantly getting kicked out of the nest by another hen to lay her daily egg. Some days the clucky hen would move and sit on another nest. I would come home from work, see what had happened and lift up and put the clucky back on cold or slightly warm eggs. After this happened several days I assumed the eggs would have died. The second hen then went clucky and completely took over the nest. I thought oh well I’ll order some more fertile eggs (which I have). Low and behold after 22 days the eggs I thought would be dead hatched overnight. So, what do I do, put the chicks under the original hen (whose sitting nearby on infertile eggs)? Or leave the chicks under the hen that just went clucky 3-4 days ago? And what do I do with the six fertile eggs I paid for and are arriving Monday? Help, please
     
  2. robin416

    robin416 Administrator Staff Member

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    Sorry, but I'm giggling over this. I know it's got you worried and frustrated but I can see the girls doing just what they did to you. Chickens, you've got to love them or go crazy.

    I'd give the chicks to the hen that was originally broody. She's more ready to be up teaching her peeps what to do and it's better she not keep sitting on eggs because it does deplete them.
     
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  3. Biring

    Biring Well-Known Member

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    I was going to suggest just that - slipping the chicks under her at night and removing the eggs - but I thought I should wait for Robin to answer first.
     
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  4. robin416

    robin416 Administrator Staff Member

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    No you didn't, you know this stuff too. What if I fall out and you're waiting on me? Huh?
     
  5. Biring

    Biring Well-Known Member

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    That’s what I would have done. I don’t know if it’s the best thing to do so I waited to see what you said first. I’d hate to give duff advice to someone.
     
  6. Biring

    Biring Well-Known Member

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    Maybe I should have suggested putting vetrx in the broody hen’s eye! ;)
     
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  7. robin416

    robin416 Administrator Staff Member

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    I'm going to hurt you.
     
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  8. robin416

    robin416 Administrator Staff Member

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    We all hate to do it and I have when I've suffered brain fade. It happens.

    In this case it wouldn't have hurt anything really if we had disagreed on the approach. And it was fixable.
     
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  9. danathome

    danathome Well-Known Member

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    And then put the six new fertile eggs under the hen that hatched the chicks. Even after hatching chicks she will likely go right back to brooding eggs once the chicks are taken away from her.
     
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  10. Poultry Judge

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  11. Poultry Judge

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    When I was a kid I was taught not to poke a snake with a stick, (unless you really wanted a conflict with that particular snake). As an adult, I have successfully transferred that learning to my humble interactions with Robin!
     
  12. robin416

    robin416 Administrator Staff Member

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    Obviously Biring has an issue. Maybe you should advise him.

    No, never mind, that wasn't a good idea after all.
     
  13. Poultry Judge

    Poultry Judge Moderator Staff Member

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    Ha Ha! No accusations of good ideas here!