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Incubating and Brooding Eggs Simultaneously

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I have a broody who is sitting on a fertile clutch. At the same time, I have eggs in my incubator. I had to do it this way because I ended up with more fertile eggs than the broody could handle. They are due to hatch within a couple days of each other. I'm wondering how to get my broody to adopt the incubated eggs should any of them hatch. Any insight is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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I sometimes do this, I have never had a problem introducing the incubator babies to the hen. I place them under the hen at night and she thinks they are her babies. I done the same thing with turkeys but the turkey hens are more aggressive when you try to lift them and put the babies under them.   

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I did this with my last hatch. I stuck them under them (two broodies co-mothering) at any time of day. I did this over the course of 10 days or so (staggered hatch due to others adding eggs to the nest) but that's as long as I could do it because the new babies couldn't keep up. They accepted every one without issue though.

Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahmn, d'Uccle, and EE bantams; and RIR, BR, and EEs, Golden Penciled Hamburg, EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Wheaten Marans, Speckled Sussex, and a surprise variety of bantams with breeds tbd!

 

16 guineas and 2 turkeys to round out the flock

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a "designer" flock and egg basket :)

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Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahmn, d'Uccle, and EE bantams; and RIR, BR, and EEs, Golden Penciled Hamburg, EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Wheaten Marans, Speckled Sussex, and a surprise variety of bantams with breeds tbd!

 

16 guineas and 2 turkeys to round out the flock

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a "designer" flock and egg basket :)

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