Broody Hen Thread!

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

  1. sweetbeak

    sweetbeak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Congratulations, how adorable
     
  2. sweetbeak

    sweetbeak Chillin' With My Peeps


    I've done it in the past and personally I would do no longer than 3 or 4 days. Reason I've found is because the mum won't get up and move around much until all the chicks have hatched. One time I had a chick hatch on day 20 and the other 2 eggs weren't due for another 5 days, so the first chick wasn't being shown all the things that mum shows them in the first few days because she was waiting for the other eggs. All turned out perfectly fine but I wouldn't do any longer than you're suggesting. Another time 2 chicks hatched and all the chirping must have encouraged the other eggs who hatched 3 days early
     
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  3. abserbean

    abserbean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sweet! Only 17 more days....only 17 more days......:)
     
  4. Dknichelson

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    My broodies! Feta, the white Silkie in the back is on day 17 on her clutch and Lucy decided to join her 2 days ago. If they aren't the picture of broodiness I don't know what is!! Lol!
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  5. sonderah

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    Well, I have my Silkie 5 of her own eggs this morning, my 1st broody, so I could see how she does. Thought that may be too many, but looks like I coulda gave her more!! May add a few of my young Buff eggs, they aren't very big either. Idk how many she can handle. :/
     
  6. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens

    My silkie can sit on 8 large fowl eggs... as long as they aren't extra larges. She is great with 6 of about any size. I worry less about it during warmer weather, when really cold (during her winter hatches) I make sure no eggs are too far out around any edges.
     
  7. K Spot

    K Spot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So adorable!
     
  8. sonderah

    sonderah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I'll give her just a few more. She gets up twice a day, but only for like 10-15 min each. The eggs I gave her came from my bator and are due to hatch in a week!!! Never had a broody before, so I'm super excited to watch her raise some babies, & the eggs she is on now, those babies are already sold! So she needs a few she can keep. Lol

    Can't wait to see that here!!! Got a Silkie hatching in 1 week, & a turkey sitting on 17 eggs due the following week!!
     
  9. chickenlickin8

    chickenlickin8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Day 20 and 3 eggs have hatched! Here's a pic. I'm so excited!

    Betty and her first born
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  10. K Spot

    K Spot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There's nothing like watching a momma with her babies
     

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