Bator VS Broody

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LyonFuzz, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. LyonFuzz

    LyonFuzz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to add some porcelain d'uccles and bantam ameraucanas to my small flock this spring. I am thinking about getting some eggs to put under one of my ever-so-broody silkies and letting her do the job. Is there an advantage or disadvantage to doing this as opposed to using an incubator? I don't currently have one, so the broody would be the ideal path for me:) Thanks!
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  2. Preservation Acres

    Preservation Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm very pro broody. They do all the incubating, turning, keeping the temps right, keeping the humidity right. Plus, it's natural for baby chicks to see a mother hen when they first come out of their eggs.

    Plus, after the hatch, the mother hen continues to do all the work...and it's FREE!
     
  3. kingpincray

    kingpincray Chillin' With My Peeps

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    definately broody...place the eggs under her and forget about it until you see some chicks.
    I did a test on mine and the broody had 100% and incubator 33%.
     
  4. paulpig

    paulpig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOVE reading this thread........I am going to hatch eggs this spring and this has decided my method!!! I have one hen that sits on everyone's eggs in the nest box.........She is definately cheaper than an incubator!!!!!!!!
     
  5. Preservation Acres

    Preservation Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't own an incubator, and the only reason I ever considered buying one would be for those times when the hen doesn't stay on the nest until hatch date.

    But then, if you have another broody at that time.... :)
     
  6. SoCalChick

    SoCalChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My broody hen has a better hatch rate than me and my bator! She is awesome!
     
  7. cook_kaka_ook

    cook_kaka_ook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an incubator but my next batch of hatch will definitely be from a broody hen. It's more natural and it will be fun to watch momma taking care of the babies.
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Chicks learn "chicken sense" from the broody that no incubator or human can teach them. How to avoid predators, forage for food, get along in the flock, etc.
     
  9. squeakyballs

    squeakyballs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After the broody hatches the chicks, what do you need to do? I know that she will show them how to eat and drink, but do you have layer pellets and starter crumbles both available and mixed together, or separated? Will the hen know the difference?
     
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  10. LyonFuzz

    LyonFuzz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I supposed the risk of birth defects is dramatically reduced as well when Broody does the work? I think I'm gonna try this come March/April. Anyone got any porcelain d'uccle or bantam ameraucana eggs for sale in a couple months? Thanks!
     

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