Broody chicken: How long can I let every one else lay with her?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by GirlWithTheTJ, Jun 16, 2016.

  1. GirlWithTheTJ

    GirlWithTheTJ Out Of The Brooder

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    Quick question for you guys, Ive decided to let my brooding hen try to hatch her eggs I've always incubated and this is my first time using a broody girl. she has been brooding for 2 days and has 6 eggs under her right now. In saying that how many days can i let the other girls lay more eggs under her until I start taking them out? I'd like her to have at least 8 under her so I was going to leave the eggs they lay today under her and then start removing the new ones so she doesnt adandon them once the firsts are hatched. Whats the max days you would let them lay with her?

    Thanks!
     
  2. TheKindaFarmGal

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    Two days max. A staggered hatch leaves a lot of dead chicks. Mark all the eggs you leave for her so you don't accidentally take one when you remove the fresh eggs.
     
  3. GirlWithTheTJ

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    Awesome thank you!
     

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