Broody Hen Thread!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FarmerBoy24, May 1, 2011.

  1. Searsmom

    Searsmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL One of each?
     
  2. sonderah

    sonderah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol. Well this hen is a blue slate turkey hen. She can hatch a lot of eggs if I do chickens i think. My chicken eggs are 1/2 the size of hers, and I've read they can hatch like 14 of their own. Got 8 of hers in the bator on day 10. Maybe I should give her those and about 15 chicken eggs. Be a few days staggered, but I would sell the chickens right after hatch, so she would only be raising the poults. Hmmmmm!!!!
     
  3. Searsmom

    Searsmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That sounds good actually. I hear poults are incredibly difficult to keep alive, she might be able to do it better than we would. [​IMG]
     
  4. sonderah

    sonderah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't know that! I just hatched hers & my dirt poults this past week. Only 4, but I must've gotten really lucky! They all hatched and will be a week old Wednesday. Got 5 more going to the hatcher Friday, then the 8 I'll probably give her. Thanks for the info!
     
  5. Dknichelson

    Dknichelson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I got her off her nest long enough today to candle and mark her eggs. 5 of the 8 were farther along, so I removed the 3 and put the others back. Tuesday will be 2 weeks that she's been on the original 5, so we should be having babies before too long! :)
     
  6. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Chicken Obsessed

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    I'm glad you guys are doing so well raising turkeys and brooding with with turkey hens....just a BTW that I'm sure you are aware of and taking precautions...however in case you don't know....you should keep turkey poults and chicks separate because of the possible transmission of disease.

    It works well for the chicks...they often contract the turkey virus of Mareks which often will provide immunity for them from the deadly chicken version; however, the turkey poults can contract histomonis (black head) from the chickens who usually are unaffected but can be carries through the cecal worms.

    We kept our turkey poults isolated until they were (I think) 12 weeks before we integrated with the chickens.
    Lady of McCamley
     
  7. sonderah

    sonderah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I have read about that. But it isn't an issue in my area, so I got lucky.
     
  8. pollo portero

    pollo portero Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG]Just wanted to tell someone...My broody Copper Maran, Giselle, has hatched 5 chicks out of 10 eggs over the last couple of days! This is my first successful broody hatch and it is so exciting!! Not sure if this is her first time because I bought her at an auction a few months ago. Ironically, none of the eggs were hers, but she doesn't care. I had given up on the chicks hatching because they were past the "due date" by almost a week. Imagine my surprise when I pulled up a wing to check and saw a small face looking out at me!! [​IMG]So, have patience if anybody out there is giving up hope...the hens know what they're doing, apparently!! [​IMG]
    But, the broodiness seems to be contagious... one of my Black Cochins and my gold Sebright have decided to brood now. The Sebright, Mona, was building a secret stash and now has about a dozen of her own eggs she's trying to cover. However, she never sees much if any "action" so I am doubtful any are fertile. So, how many full size eggs can a bantam cover successfully?..[​IMG] I want to give her some of the Cochin's eggs...the Cochin's big but she can't handle 20 eggs!!
     
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  9. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Chicken Obsessed

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    Congratulations! [​IMG]
    The first broody hatch is very special.

    How many large fowl eggs can a bantum cover...depends on the bantum and what is called the "spread factor." My Silkie has an amazing spread factor (she spreads out to about the size of a luncheon plate) and can easily cover 8 standard eggs, but 6 is better. For some reason I've only been successful with 3 hatches each time out of 5 or 6 eggs...don't know if that is just my "luck" or if she is failing to cover all well...although the last batch had 6 full developed chicks, just only 4 hatched (1 died after hatch from failure to have the "belly button" close up).

    So if she spreads well...give her 6 large size eggs to start; otherwise use your judgment...tuck eggs under her and see if any seem to be peeking out too much, then pull away one if she seems overly full.

    Lady of McCamley
     
  10. Manningjw

    Manningjw Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had a question about hatching with my broody hen. I am planning to hatch shipped eggs and eggs i already have from my flock - I was wondering if I should put the shipped eggs in the incubator and then day of/after hatch sneak them under her to trick her into thinking they are her little hatchlings?

    Wasn't sure how well a broody hatch would be on shipped eggs, more or less reliable than the incubator method?
     

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