So I'm looking for some advice from some experience hatchers. I've never hatched under a broody, but my CCL went broody in a serious way. I finally relented and gave her 4 eggs. I didn't think the eggs were fertile, because I thought my sweet Beleifelder roo was too much of a gentleman. So, I ordered 6 Salmon Favorolles eggs. The nice fella sent me 12. I go back to my little broody 5 days later with my new fertile eggs to remove her 4 eggs and find 14 eggs! The other girls had been contributing to her habit. I remove them and candle them...just to be sure. As my luck would have it, all 14 were fertile. My roo was not near the gentleman I had made him out to be;) So anyways, I left some eggs for the broody, pinned her in so there would be no more contributions to the nest and took some eggs and put them in the incubator. The oldest eggs are to hatch this weekend in my incubator. It will be a staggered hatch over about 5 days in both the incubator and under the broody. My question is: should I leave the broody's chicks with her or take them as they hatch and brood them with my other chicks and then give them all back to her at the end of her hatching? I plan to let her brood them all but I don't want her to abandon the nest.
Anybody else hatch both methods at the same time?