what's the maximum number of eggs you are to put under a broody hen?
Edited by spoolin - 4/7/09 at 3:29pm
I don't know anything about this, but maybe you should change the thread title to "max number of eggs under a broody?" or something like that... perhaps it will give you more hits. I clicked because I was curious what the title meant, but I wouldn't have guess your question until I clicked into the thread.
Do you have a bantam or a regular size chicken...
For bantams I usually put under around 8 eggs, for full size chickens 12-15. With those numbers I tend to have a good hatch, occasionally there will be a hen that is a bad mommy, but that is not neccessarily because of the number of eggs.
Hope this answers your question!
I have found, even with a good-sized hen, that 8-10 seems like a right fit. You don't want them moving around a lot trying to shuffle too many eggs to make them fit. I put 10 under the first time and two got damaged by a claw.
Second time, a different broody, 10 eggs.....2 got damaged by a claw.
Eight is just about right, it seems.