Bator or sitting?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by matheson1, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. matheson1

    matheson1 New Egg

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    Im thinking about getting a new flock of chickens. Would i be better off letting the hens sit on them or use an incubator? Its starting to get colder over the next few weeks
     
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    Catfish267 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what state do you live in?
     
  3. matheson1

    matheson1 New Egg

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    Ohio just east of columbus
     
  4. dretd

    dretd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Matheson1 and Welcome [​IMG] !

    If you have a real broody that is committed you sure could let her incubate eggs. But Broodiness is a hormonal deal and most breeds and hen for egg production don;t want to incubate eggs becasue they have been bred against that trait--it makes them less productive. There is a thread on BYC about broody hens I think in the incubation section.

    If you have a broody, give it a try, but be prepared to incubate them if she gives up. With the winter coming on, be sure you have a back-up to brood the little ones -shelter and heat- in case she isn't a good mom for them.

    I would love to give you more advice since I've done both but more information about you and your flock would be helpful!
     

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