I should have asked - CAN i remove some of the eggs?
My neighbor and I had been saving hatching eggs. We originally planned to have our own broody hens sit on them (so they can raise them later), but mine wasn’t cooperating. On Friday, my neighbor put all 14 eggs under her broody hen because it was time to do SOMETHING with those eggs. They are 2 distinct breeds, so we know who will get which chicks.
Sure enough, on Sunday, my best broody hen became, well, broody. Since I will ultimately be the mom of about half of them, I’m thinking it might be easier to take my eggs now and put them under my hen, than to wait till they hatch and take the newborn chicks. But I’m concerned that taking those eggs will traumatize their broody hen, and maybe she’ll stop sitting, or freak out and break some of the eggs. I don’t want to mess up my neighbors hatch.
So the question I am asking of all my backyard chicken mentors: Is it better for me to take my eggs now, which I’m sure my hen will accept? Or is it better to leave the current broody hen undisturbed so she will finish hatching them? As of now, she’s only been sitting for 3 days. Any ideas? Thanks for your help. :)
Edited by smithnan - 5/2/16 at 7:43pm