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Broody Hen Probs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tw8man, Jul 21, 2016.

  1. tw8man

    tw8man In the Brooder

    Apr 19, 2016
    So, I have two hens that have been laying on eggs for like two weeks now. We want them to hatch eggs, but none of the eggs they are laying on are fertilized because the roo is a bantam and the hens are pretty big[​IMG] So, is it okay to buy some hatching eggs online? And if so, how many? TIA!

  2. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    Are you certain the eggs aren't fertilized? Did you check any yolks for the fertile bullseye? It's amazing how most of those little guys can do much more than we think, lol...

    You can get shipped eggs if you want, but expect no more than 50% to hatch... some do better and some worse depending on how damaged the air cells and yolks get going through the PO... just order as amny as will fit under both hens... but I would candle the eggs under them first just to see... you never know... ;)
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  3. stuckinthecity

    stuckinthecity Crowing

    Apr 25, 2009
    And if they are fertile/hatch please post pics of the bantam x standards as they grow. Would be very interesting to see how big they turn out
  4. tw8man

    tw8man In the Brooder

    Apr 19, 2016

    Yes, I've checked them... It seems that none of them are fertile:( I'm planning on getting two bantam hens.
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Just a thought, but buying day old chicks may be an option. Problem with this, from what i have read, is that some broodies will accept chicks, and others will not, so you would need a plan B in case things don't work out. If you don't try, you will never know - thats the way I look at it. This option at least means that you don't waste money on non-viable eggs, and if you choose sexed chicks you (in theory) will have no cockerels to get rid of.

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