Broody Hen, how many eggs is ideal?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Spartan22, May 5, 2018.

  1. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Crowing

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    i got a Black Australorps that went broody couple of days ago, I gave her 6 fertile eggs yesterday and added 3 more today - total of 9. Can she hatched/sit on a dozen eggs comfortably or some of the eggs will not be properly covered? First time hatching with a broody hen.
     
  2. redranger209

    redranger209 Crowing

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    The general rule is 12 of her own size egg. Australorps are large, so she should be ok.
     
  3. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    Also, it really helps her cover the eggs if you the nest is well-constructed. Think "bowl" more than "plate." Some new mothers aren't great at making nests.
     
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