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Broody hen hatching eggs questions!

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I'm fairly new to raising chickens. Two of my buff orpingtons have gone broody after only a month of laying. I am having fertile eggs shipped to me this week and I want to let the hens sit on them. I have a separate area for them, secluded from the other hens. Should I just put the eggs in with my broody girls and wait? What do I need to do when/if the eggs hatch? Will they take care of the babies? How long should I keep the little ones away from the rest of the flock?
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Congrats on the broodies! When your eggs get in, let them rest fat end up in an egg carton for 24 hours before giving them to the hens. Then give them to hens and wait 21 days smile.png The hens will raise the chicks when they hatch. Here's a more in depth article that should help you out: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/guide-to-letting-broody-hens-hatch-and-raise-chicks
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