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Found a broody stashing eggs... How many can she raise?

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So one of my hens has been able to hop the fence from my chicken run for a while. She will wander, then come back at night. I've clipped her wings, etc. Anyway, I knew she'd been hiding her eggs but didn't know where. Well, FOUND HER! and the 21 eggs she was clearly hunkered down on!

 

I wasn't worried, I didn't think she was covered by either of my roosters anyway, so I put some eggs in the incubator figuring I'd switch out her infertile eggs with a reasonable number after I could verify that she was really going to set...

 

6 days later I candled to find that the 21 eggs (small eggs, but I'm pretty sure they're all hers) are ALL DEVELOPING!

 

So I'm hoping that some of them will be clear quitters early on, but my real question is this: how many eggs can she reasonably hatch? And how many chicks can she reasonably raise? It's October in Michigan, it's getting cold, I just want to be realistic about giving  her chicks that she can keep alive!

 

HELP!

Divorced mother of: 6, 7 and 8 year old boys

1 dog; 12 laying hens (6 Isa brown, 3 EE, 1 Welsummer, 1 BCM, 1BLRW) and 1 BSL roo

14 hens hatched March 24, 2015

2 BR; 2 OE; 1 Blue and 1 Black cochin; 1 Blue Marans; 3 EE's; 1 Sumatra, 1 Fayoumi, 2 Delaware

and 1 Blue Marans Roo.

4 chicks hatched 7/20/15, 15 hatched August 12

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Divorced mother of: 6, 7 and 8 year old boys

1 dog; 12 laying hens (6 Isa brown, 3 EE, 1 Welsummer, 1 BCM, 1BLRW) and 1 BSL roo

14 hens hatched March 24, 2015

2 BR; 2 OE; 1 Blue and 1 Black cochin; 1 Blue Marans; 3 EE's; 1 Sumatra, 1 Fayoumi, 2 Delaware

and 1 Blue Marans Roo.

4 chicks hatched 7/20/15, 15 hatched August 12

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With it getting fairly cold outside, she can reasonable incubate about 10 eggs.  However, if all 10 hatch, she may have trouble keeping them all adequately warm, especially as they grow to 3 to 4 weeks old.  I'd be inclined to give her 7 or 8 developing eggs (that you've checked via candling), hoping that 6 or 7 hatch.  

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Originally Posted by song of joy View Post
 

With it getting fairly cold outside, she can reasonable incubate about 10 eggs.  However, if all 10 hatch, she may have trouble keeping them all adequately warm, especially as they grow to 3 to 4 weeks old.  I'd be inclined to give her 7 or 8 developing eggs (that you've checked via candling), hoping that 6 or 7 hatch.  


So if she hatches more than that, should I be pulling them away and putting them somewhere else? And just leave her with 7 chicks?

Divorced mother of: 6, 7 and 8 year old boys

1 dog; 12 laying hens (6 Isa brown, 3 EE, 1 Welsummer, 1 BCM, 1BLRW) and 1 BSL roo

14 hens hatched March 24, 2015

2 BR; 2 OE; 1 Blue and 1 Black cochin; 1 Blue Marans; 3 EE's; 1 Sumatra, 1 Fayoumi, 2 Delaware

and 1 Blue Marans Roo.

4 chicks hatched 7/20/15, 15 hatched August 12

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Divorced mother of: 6, 7 and 8 year old boys

1 dog; 12 laying hens (6 Isa brown, 3 EE, 1 Welsummer, 1 BCM, 1BLRW) and 1 BSL roo

14 hens hatched March 24, 2015

2 BR; 2 OE; 1 Blue and 1 Black cochin; 1 Blue Marans; 3 EE's; 1 Sumatra, 1 Fayoumi, 2 Delaware

and 1 Blue Marans Roo.

4 chicks hatched 7/20/15, 15 hatched August 12

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So if she hatches more than that, should I be pulling them away and putting them somewhere else? And just leave her with 7 chicks?

That is one option if you can them before they get sick or harmed from exposure...
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