Broody Hen Help!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MEchickenfarmer33, May 30, 2012.

  1. MEchickenfarmer33

    MEchickenfarmer33 Chirping

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    hello everyone, i have just noticed that one of my 9 month old white rock chicken has gone broody!! This is my third time dealing with a broody hen and each time before was unsuccessful. we hadnt owned a rooster before and "borrowed" fertilized eggs from the local farms. we managed to have a small chick form but did not hatch. It was depressing and I dont want it to happen again!! now we have a rooster and i have a few questions. Will every single egg a chicken lays be fertilized if we have a rooster or is it random?? also should i be aiding her in turning and caring for the eggs due to her young age?? thanks for the answers!!
     
  2. msmechanic58

    msmechanic58 In the Brooder

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    Not sure about the fertilization rate. My new mama was capable of doing everything herself. We hatched 6 out of 8 eggs and one was trying to get out but was not able to fight through. The last was a dud....LOL

    Let her try - as some one else said one here, she knows more about being a chicken than you do. Good luck!
     
  3. MEchickenfarmer33

    MEchickenfarmer33 Chirping

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    haha thanks a bunch [​IMG]. congrats on your success in hatching them!!! and i agree, i bet she does know more about being a chicken than i do!!!!! [​IMG] ill let her do it from here on out. Anyone know about the fertility rate??
     

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