Bantams and large broody fowl

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by macpee2, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. macpee2

    macpee2 New Egg

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    Hi all,

    Ive just joined this site, dont know how I missed it before.. I have 7 chickens and 2 seven week old chicks that I hatched in an incubator. I now have three bantam eggs in the incubator which are due to hatch Mon/Tues. I now have a broody hen and my question is could I put the three bantam eggs under her and allow her to hatch them, they are such small eggs I am worried she may damage them. I thought of putting them under her on Sunday evening, what do you all think, should I or shouldnt I.
    Many thanks in advance

    Macpee2
     
  2. SilkiesForEver

    SilkiesForEver Overrun With Chickens

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    I wouldn't put bantam eggs under a standard hen, just because of what you said. I would be worried she would crush the eggs and especially the chicks if they hatched.
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG]

    If your hen only just went broody I won't give her eggs that are due to hatch in 2 days. Hens 'know" more or less when to expect chicks and if the eggs hatch a day or 2 after she started sitting on them it will confuse the heck out of her. In answer to your question, I have hatched LF eggs under bantams and bantam eggs under LF hens with no problems. The eggs didn't get crushed and the chicks were fine.
     
  4. macpee2

    macpee2 New Egg

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    Many thanks for your replies but Im still not sure, the LF has been broody for about 2 weeks, do you think this is too soon to introduce the eggs under her.
     

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