Broody hen/incubator question?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 4roosandahen, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. 4roosandahen

    4roosandahen Out Of The Brooder

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    Has anyone ever started incubating eggs then had a hen go broody? Can I move my eggs from my little giant and put them under the hen and let her finish the job? [​IMG]
    Stephenie
     
  2. MTtroutwithwings

    MTtroutwithwings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC ![​IMG]
    I can't answer your question but this post will at least bump your post up for a better chance of a response!
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I have heard of it working. Just be prepared and know the risk of loosing them all.
     
  4. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont know about bator to hen, but I have moved from hen to hen so I wont have Lots of babies, same # of babies, just under 2 hens instead of one.

    Edited to say I put half of ones already being sat on under 2nd hen.
     
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  5. MTtroutwithwings

    MTtroutwithwings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hi Stephenie,

    I had just the opposite happen. Neighbor gave me 3 fertile eggs to place under one of my broody hens, she sat on them for three days then in the 4th day I went to check on her and she was in another nest totally off the ones I placed under her. I immediately removed the eggs and put them in the only bator I had available, one of those mini "chick -bators." Whether this will work or not remains to be seen. I'd play it save and leave your eggs in your bator. My experience is a "Broody" hen is a "Moody" hen and may be unreliable! [​IMG]

    Lori
     
  6. 4roosandahen

    4roosandahen Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone for any help you can give me. I am a total newbie at this. As I write this I am now also having humidity issues with my still air incubator:eek: It is all the sudden only reaching 25% I have water in all the water wells and don't know what is going on(we are on day 2 of the incubation). So,I was thinking that if one of my hens or my friends got broody about now [​IMG] the little peeps would have a better chance with a real chicken mommy instead of me. I guess I will just keep going.

    Stephenie
    BTW I only have these little precious eggs because we had a chicken/rooster massicure at my friends house. She had an absolute beautiful rooster that was killed [​IMG] by a stray dog. Not to mention many of her hens that perished that day too, Very sad.....
     
  7. MTtroutwithwings

    MTtroutwithwings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kudos to you for trying to save the eggs [​IMG] Curse those darn strays for taking the lives of our feathered friends, seems we've all been there...[​IMG]

    Lori
     

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