Brood hen Question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Ole Mule, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. Ole Mule

    Ole Mule Out Of The Brooder

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    If I can get a hen to go broody and start setting eggs can I pull her eggs after she has been setting a week or two and put purchase eggs under her will she set them for the next 21 days.
     
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Well, you can but your going to kill off the chick that is developing in the original eggs. Try setting some fake plastic, wooden or golfballs under her. I know when they are dead set on sitting on air that they will continue on for another 21 days til something hatches.
     
  3. Keisha

    Keisha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welll if you get a hen to go broody, you can put golf balls or fake eggs underneath her instead of using real eggs. She won't know the difference. Then you could take them out and put your boughten eggs underneath, and she should sit on them for the next 21 days.

    ETA: Tuffold Hen beat me to it [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2009
  4. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Unless your eggs are not fertil... she doesn't need a rooster around to go broody, they'll try to do it without a roo involved, so putting other eggs won't matter.
     

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