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broody hen hatching?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cowman910, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. cowman910

    cowman910 Songster

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    i have a broody hen [​IMG] who is always sitting on eggs but i take them from her every day so she can eat/drink and get some fresh air. i am not sure if my rooster is fertilizing the eggs so i decided to let her keep one and turn it every day so i can candle it and see if it is/was fertile. if it is fertile and still alive should i let her keep it since i dont have an incubator? i am not sure if a chick will hatch [​IMG] in my coop because i am worried [​IMG] that the other chickens will eat the egg or the chick [​IMG]
     

  2. chicken_dude

    chicken_dude In the Brooder

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    you should let her keep a clutch of 12 eggs and see what happens. if after a week the eggs dont look slick and shiny they will be okay to eat.
     
  3. SussexInSeattle

    SussexInSeattle Songster

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    OK I gotta know?!? Are the chickens sitting on the eggs and polishing them to pass the time? Why or how do they get slick and shiny???
     
  4. cowman910

    cowman910 Songster

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    all the hens are doin is sitting on the eggs and turning them. i have seen them pick dirt of the eggs but thats about it
     

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