Anyone hatching eggs under a broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dixie&trixie, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. dixie&trixie

    dixie&trixie Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2010
    Yreka California
    Wondering if anyone is hatching eggs under a broody hen? Most post are about incubators but I wanted to see if anyone was doing it the old fashioned way? I set 10 eggs under my giant cochin hen who went broody. 6 BCM eggs and 4 EE eggs. My rooster is also a BCM so Im hoping to have a darker egg and maybe an olive colored eggs. She started sitting on 3/5. Im nervous about candling them too much, does it affect their hatch rate?
  2. Frost Homestead

    Frost Homestead eggmonger

    Jul 9, 2011
    Lago Vista, TX
    I've got two broodies with eggs right now. One has about 4 eggs and I think the other one has 5. I didn't intend to give them the eggs, before I separated them the other hens went and laid eggs in the nests they were occupying. So, I figure since they're staggered I'm not going to candle them and just let it be a surprise when the chicks start peeking out of the fluff. I don't see why it would hurt to candle them, I would just wait until at least day 10 so that you can tell for sure which eggs are developing and which aren't. Good luck with your broody hatch!

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