Originally Posted by bobbieschicks
Originally Posted by BigDaddysMom
Can I take a newly hatched chick from one broody and give it to another? Leaving the broody with no chicks so she'll continue to set the rest of her eggs. The other broody has newly hatched chicks also.
You can try. It might work. Why not leave the chick with the current broody while the other eggs hatch ?
Well...when my Polish went broody she continued to let the other girls lay in her nest. By the time I figured that out she had 28! At the same time an EE went broody but she had too many of her own so when another EE went broody with 6 eggs I candled the Polish eggs (out of the 14 I candled ALL were developing) and gave her 6 of the Polish. One of those eggs hatched last night (so much for my skill in candling ). Her other eggs are only at about 10 days so I don't think she'll sit for another week and half.
SOOO, the other EE has not fared well. So far she's had eggs that were early quiters, exploded rotten eggs and then one that I've mentioned before that pipped a little hole but never zipped. Yesterday when I was trying to find the cheeping chick I found another exploded eggs and while I was trying to clean it up found maggots! So I moved her nest over and put fresh pine shavings. When I got home last night she had moved back to the original spot and took some of the eggs with her......unfortunately, the one that had pipped wasn't one of them. It was a hot day so I put it back under her but I checked this morning and I don't think it made it.
I'm now trying to figure a swap out here....give the one Polish chick and the remaining 5 Polish eggs that are under the EE broody that still has another week and a half for her 6 and give them to the EE that is having no success. Or leave the chick and Polish eggs with the one that's hatched and give her 6 eggs to the other EE.
My plan was (before the EE had all the rotten eggs) was to take the remaining eggs from the Polish broody when she leaves them to take care of the chicks and let the new EE broody hatch them.....of course, that was before one of the eggs that I thought had a few more days actually hatched! I'd been checking the other two and not this one because I didn't think they were due yet and to my surprise there's a little WCB Polish in there!