Broody Bantam Hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jak2002003, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    How many eggs can my Japanese Bantam hen incubate at once? I have collected 10 egg form my Bantams and have put them under her, but I think it might be too many.

    Thanks.
     
  2. JEH1984

    JEH1984 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say that is too many. Do you have a incubator? I would put the extra's in the incubator. I have bantam cochin hen that takes care of 13 chicks. 9 LF breeds and 4 silkies and they all get under her. She only was setting on 6 eggs and the rest I hatched out in my incubator.
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Hens and eggs come in all different sizes so it is hard to come up with a hard and fast number. Some bantam hens can only cover 4 full sized eggs, while others can cover more. As long as you can't see any, then you remove one or two, you should be OK. But all bantan eggs are not the same size.

    For my full-sized hens, I've seen a hen incubate 18 eggs and do OK, but that was a hidden nest. When I set eggs under a broody, I usually set 12 eggs of the size she laid. Top me, that is a nice hatch and I have some extra room in case another hen lays an egg with her. What you want to avoid is the nest being so full she cannot cover them all. An egg can cool off and die, then get moved back under her while another egg gets pushed out to cool off and die.
     
  4. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    thanks for all your suggestions. I will take some eggs away and leave 8. If I see any sticking out I will throw them away. I hope she can cover at least 6.
     

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