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    Parents laid more eggs after baby hatched?

    Only one chick hatched. He is about 12 days old now but they have since mated and laid more eggs. Should I take them away? I have to clean the box later anyways so I really need advice?

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    Re: Parents laid more eggs after baby hatched?

    This is called a double clutch. Taking away the eggs may cause the hen to lay more eggs to replace them. If that happens, you risk severe calcium depletion, which can cause egg binding, among other problems.

    At this point, the damage has been done, so to speak. Because they only have 1 baby in the nest, let them keep these eggs. Make sure you give them calcium rich foods, like broccoli. Make sure they keep feeding & caring for the baby.

    We have had this happen before too. In our case, most of the eggs from the second clutch were infertile.

    You can try decreasing their daylight hours, which should help keep them from laying more eggs. You want to convince them that this is enough eggs/babies.

    Good luck.

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