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I got my first chickens last spring and added several more this spring.  I have 11 hens and 1 rooster.  We recently decided to try hatching eggs.  We bought an incubator and out of the first batch we tried, only 2 were fertilized and only one hatched.  That was 5 weeks ago.  We tried a second immediately after that.  I had 12 fertile eggs.  5 died about halfway through, but I had 7 eggs that were alive and moving on day 20.  They never hatched :(  So we tried again.  As of this morning, I have 21 in the incubator, on day 12.  I also have a small cornish hen that we let sit on her eggs.  She had 3 and the first one hatched this morning. That's the pic of her and her first baby :-).  She has 2 left to hatch.  My question is, can I take her chicks away from her and put some of the eggs from the incubator under her?  Will she sit on them until they hatch?  Or will that be traumatic for her?  Any advice would be appreciated.  This is Goldilocks and her first chick. I woke up to this today:-) waiting on the rest of her eggs to hatch.

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No you cannot. When she determines the hatch is over, which will be in the next few days if not sooner, she will transition from sitting on eggs mode to raising chicks mode. She will probably never go back to that nest again until she weans her chicks and starts to lay. She is going to be too busy raising chicks to hatch any more eggs.
Edited by Ridgerunner - 10/3/15 at 2:58pm

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When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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I don't think I'd try that. It could mess things up further. You can add chicks to a brood or add eggs prior to hatch but that sounds like a recipe for problems if not disaster.

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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