Broody rises after 2 weeks

johanna_h(Z5 SW MI)June 7, 2008

My black Australorp has been sitting on eggs for two weeks. Today was a particularly hot, muggy day. When I got home from work she was sitting in the "next-door" box and no one was covering the eggs.

I went inside hoping it was just a momentary lapse, but when I checked two hours later, she was still sitting next door. The original nest had one broken egg in it and was pretty stinky, so I removed all the eggs and cleaned the nest.

When I cracked the eggs, not a single one was fertile.

If the eggs had been developing, would she know by two weeks that there were chicks? I wonder if something told her that nest was a dud and so she decided to begin again on fresh eggs?

Darn it, I was so looking forward to peeps!

--Johanna

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claraserena(4)

The same thing happened to me a couple of months ago. Our Buff Orphington sat on eggs for 2 weeks then got up; I checked the eggs and they were either infertile or had stopped developing. She must have known something was amiss.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2008 at 2:01PM
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velvet_sparrow(Zone 5b, Gardnerville, NV)

Hens are pretty darned smart. :)

Did you check the eggs to confirm the presence of a blastoderm or blastodisc?

You can crack a couple of fresh eggs to see if they are fertile, check out the instructions on this page for how-to's and great pictures, read the section on 'Fresh Egg Breakout':

http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/b1166-w.html

Velvet ~:>

    Bookmark   June 8, 2008 at 2:56PM
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