Originally Posted by Angie16hearts
Hello, it's been a long time since I have visited this thread ! I've had my hens go broody many times. Recently I have been breaking them. I have a blue Isbar who just started laying last week. She's trying to go Broody. Since she just started laying is it safe to use her eggs? They are not big yet. My plan was to mate the two and get some chicks. Her hatch mate was a CM Roo. He sadly passed away yesterday. I'm so sad! He was like a dog ! Sat in my lap let me hold him, ate out of my hands. Anyways bummed ! He was able to get most of my hens fertile. So I have a broody hen and a incubator that I fired up as soon as I found him. 😢 I am gathering all eggs that are fertile for the incubator . Should I let her go broody on her own eggs?
I'm so sorry for the loss of your Roo. When I lost my Rooster a few years ago I did the same thing. I put every egg I had in the house in the incubator.
Butch had been ill, so I didn't have much hope, but I did it in hopes of hatching babies with his personality. He was a very sweet EE who also was a wonderful flock rooster.
I started with 18 eggs. Of those 12 began to develop. I lost another 3 at about 2 weeks leaving 9. Of those 9, only 2 hatched and I had to help them. They both pipped in the middle of the egg and were trying to zip the long way. I ended up with two cockerels and one of them is now my flock rooster. Good luck with the eggs.
Now for your question. It might be worthwhile to give her a few eggs at the same time you put the others in the incubator. If hers don't hatch, you might be able to give her a couple of chicks to raise from the incubator chicks. I'd keep an eye on her in case she changes her mind like my Araucana pullet just did -- 2 days short of hatch.