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I had 13 lemon cuckoo orpingtons eggs under orp first time broody,they stated hatching on day 21 so today was day 23 so I opened up her cage and was going to let her and the chicks out,well she came out and no chicks,3 had hatched and she must have smothered them,they were dead and none of the o thers hatched.I think this is the last time I get shipped eggs getting to expensive when you get no chicks.So dissapointed wanted them so bad and sold 6 of my hens tuesday to make more room in my coop.
I'm sorry to read this. I have a broody light brahma hen. She was sitting on the nesting box which is a milk crate faithfully. We have 5 or 6 other boxes in the coop but for some reason all the hens want to lay in this one box. Some days there would be two other hens crammed onto the box with the broody hen. Sometimes they'd knock her off and she'd come out screaming and crying till they laid their eggs then she'd run and get back on them. Hubby caught her off the nest briefly and took the 16 eggs that were there. It started all over again so instead of so much mayhem in the coop he picked her and the milk crate of eggs up and put them inside a smaller coop so she can be locked up by herself. It has a screen on one side so she can look out and see the other birds and they can see her. We'll leave her there till the eggs hatch. I hope the babies will be able to get out of that milk crate after they hatch and she doesn't smother them. We'll have to keep an eye open and hope it all works out. Any advice would be appreciated. She has her own waterer and food in this area. She seems very happy so far. This is day 6 for her. At least her feathers have a chance to grow back in from rooster rapes. :)
Light_for_Jesus wrote:Think I read yesterday that chicks can live two to three days on what they get from the eggs when they hatch. So, after they are born there will be no rush to get them out immediately.
Will we get to see pictures?
Thats true,they suck the yolk into the belly so they will have food and water for two to three days.
For sure we'll take pictures. All my birds are white brahmas except for one rooster who is dark. I forget now what he is. He was a free "fancy" bird. So, if the chickens come out white they were fathered by Big Bird and if they are dark their father is Steadman. :) Hubby takes treats to her and she is at some point eating and drinking but he said she sits so quiet and trancelike. I think she's glad not to have to deal with the other birds but is still with them. I really didn't want more birds but nature takes it course. I just hope nobody else goes broody on me.