Broody hen hatching

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by asheshp, May 23, 2017.

  1. asheshp

    asheshp Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 15, 2016
    Edit: This was suppose to be a thread and I can't figure out how to delete it.
    The new BYC mobile is confusing me

    Hello! I wanted to share my experience and hopefully hear some other stories on broody hatching.

    So I recently had one of my leghorn hens go broody. Hubby said I should let her try out hatching eggs after a week of her steady sitting. I set up a dog crate nicely for her, put 9 eggs in and then left her to sit on them. 20 days later they began hatching! She has done a fantastic job. Only one egg didn't hatch and it ended up being empty. Now, that should leave me with 8 chicks. My hen was completely seperate, no other chickens had access to her and she could not leave the brooding area. She hadn't been laying for days before we set her up. Somehow I have 9 chicks! We candled the eggs at 14 days and I didn't see any extra eggs underneath her.

    Can a broody hen succesfully hatch twin chicks? I can't think of another explanation. The experience has been amazing, she is such a good mama to them and they are all so strpng and healthy. Are all broody hatches this successful?
  2. The Angry Hen

    The Angry Hen Flock Master

    Dec 17, 2016
    Dirigo! (Maine).
    That is possible....Rare...But possible.
    Also, good job! I have had 1 baby hatch from a broody...
    The chick's foot was pecked by another hen, but she survived!
  3. BW56

    BW56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 6, 2016
    Phoenix Az.
    I'm new, but I think it's called chicken math.
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  4. Eckielady

    Eckielady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2017
    East Tennessee
    I always count the shells as I pull them out.

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