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How many eggs for a Buff Orpington?

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Hello! We have a broody buff here, and my mom is convinced that she would do fine with fourteen to sixteen eggs, but i don't thin her butt is that big XD

So anyway, how many do you think would be suitable? She is average sized, not terribly fluffy. 

 

 

Thank you so much!:jumpy

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Some depends on the size of the hen and the size of the eggs. Some depends on the size and shape of the nest. I normally give a hen 12 eggs the size she lays but I had one that could only cover ten well. As a kid I saw a hen with 18 chicks that she hatched out of a hidden nest. I never found that nest so I don’t know how many eggs she had to start with. I successfully gave one 15 eggs one time. There is no set number. It just depends on how many she can cover, but you may be amazed at how well she can flatten out.

I don’t know where you are or what the weather will be like when they hatch. In warm weather it doesn’t matter much but the chicks grow pretty fast. With too many she won’t be able to cover the chicks in a couple of weeks. Here in the heat of summer it’s not a problem, even with nights getting down in the 60’s. But if it is going to be cold in a month you might limit the number because of that.

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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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Some depends on the size of the hen and the size of the eggs. Some depends on the size and shape of the nest. I normally give a hen 12 eggs the size she lays but I had one that could only cover ten well. As a kid I saw a hen with 18 chicks that she hatched out of a hidden nest. I never found that nest so I don’t know how many eggs she had to start with. I successfully gave one 15 eggs one time. There is no set number. It just depends on how many she can cover, but you may be amazed at how well she can flatten out.

I don’t know where you are or what the weather will be like when they hatch. In warm weather it doesn’t matter much but the chicks grow pretty fast. With too many she won’t be able to cover the chicks in a couple of weeks. Here in the heat of summer it’s not a problem, even with nights getting down in the 60’s. But if it is going to be cold in a month you might limit the number because of that.

Thank you :) We set her up with the fourteen eggs and she seems to be covering them fine. Our weather is warming up pretty well, so i'm not too worried about that.

 

Thank you very much Ridgerunner! :goodpost:

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