Please Help!!!! Eggs are here
Posted 31 May 2011 - 09:08 PM
First question, if they are fertile, what do I need to do? She's sitting on a wood floor. Should I buy a box, or give her some newspaper/towels to shed up? I was never interested in breeding so forgive my ignorance on this subject.
Second, How long do I wait if they are not fertile to remove them from her? Should I give her a replacement egg until she tires of it?
A bit of insight...She's been severely abused in her past. Ive worked with her for 10 years now, and she has improved greatly to the point where she can be handled and pet, but is still anxious and she's not quite right in the head. (She was beaten with a stick in the head once so she may have acquired brain damage) So when I noticed she was nesting and being defensive I knew the eggs were coming, but Im not sure what to do at this point.
They are indoors, so the temperature stays relatively warm, but should I add an extra heater in there for her, or what? LOL, like I said forgive my ignorance.
Help me forums!!! All replies are greatly appreciated!
Posted 31 May 2011 - 09:42 PM
If you think she'll let you, you can give her a box or large wicker laundry basket to use as a nest... something she can chew while she's sitting. Put about 3 or 4 inches of aspen or pine shavings in the bottom then set the eggs on top.
Posted 31 May 2011 - 11:03 PM
Is there anyway way to check if the eggs are fertile? I think I saw something about holding it up to a light and seeing if you can see a dark mass in the yolk. But do I wait to check..? About how long?
Posted 31 May 2011 - 11:29 PM
If it turns out the eggs ARE fertile, then you need to educate yourself immediately in case you end up responsible for babies.
Since you haven't seen any obvious pairing going on between her and one of the others, I rather doubt they are fertile.
There are differing opinions on how long to let the hen sit on infertile eggs. I just read about a 25 year old CAG who started laying when she was 20 and will sit 90 days on infertile eggs!!!
She may beg for one of the males to feed her while she's sitting. She won't starve herself. Keep her water and food dish nearby in case no one feeds her. Usually they sit pretty tight, getting up a few times a day to stretch, poop, eat and drink. Don't be surprised or worried to see big huge poops because they hold it while they are sitting.
That's all I can think of for now. Oh yeah, she'll want wood to chew while sitting, so you could tie some to the basket, until she destroys it!
Posted 26 July 2011 - 01:27 AM
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