Broody Hen Thread!

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

  1. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    Depends on the broody and her size and the size of the eggs and breed of chicks that will hatch. It also depends upon how large the chicks will grow and the expected weather conditions. (You don't want a small banty trying to cover 6 or 7 large fowl chicks that will quickly outgrow her in cold weather.)

    I would not give a first time, never been used before broody hen expensive shipped eggs because you do not know if she will stay the course or what kind of mother she will be. Once she has proven a good broody and mother, I would definitely give her expensive shipped eggs keeping in mind how many she can cover well and what her hatch rate has been.

    I would not expect my faithful banty Silkie to attempt to hatch more than 5 or 6 large fowl eggs, especially in colder weather...typically I run at a 66% hatch rate for large fowl with her as I don't think she covers a lot of eggs well...she does better with 4 regular size eggs...I just set only 3 Rhodebar eggs with her as they were extra, extra large.

    So know your hen and how many she can cover and what her hatching record is like, how fast those chicks will outgrow her if large size, then plan accordingly.

    Typically, broody hens do a better job at hatching than do incubators, being rated at 80 to 100% efficiency. Typical incubators are rated at 50% efficiency, unless you have the expensive top of the line kind of incubator which would be nearly 100%.

    Shipped eggs typically produce a 50% hatch rate, so it will naturally be lower than if you got fresh eggs from your fertile hens.

    Large fowl hens can typically cover 12 eggs well; banties about 6 large fowl at most and of course could cover more eggs if banty size.

    HTH
    Lady of McCamley
     
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  2. K Spot

    K Spot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Welsummer was sitting on 6 Naked Neck and 6 Plymouth Rock bantam eggs - she could have sat on about 18 bantam eggs if that's all I had.

    My other Welsummer is currently on 12 large fowl eggs, she covers them no trouble.
     
  3. chickenlickin8

    chickenlickin8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Had to share a pic of Betty and the babies. She hatched out 6 little cuties! This is my first broody hatch and they are too cute following mom around and her showing them where food and water are. Awesome experience!

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  4. sonderah

    sonderah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How precious!! Is that a Barred Rock? I'm thinking someday if I get bored with my BO's, I may switch to Barred Rocks. I just think they r soooo beautiful! My kids call them "Zebra chickens". Lol
     
  5. sonderah

    sonderah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Day 20 for the eggs my very 1st broody ever is sitting on!!!! Its so exciting I can barely stand it!! I have 10 in the hatcher that went in the bator the same day, & 1 of those sis pipped. Its getting that time! I'm nervous about the big switch-a-roo!!
     
  6. Dknichelson

    Dknichelson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Got a sneak peek at Feta's first chick this morning! Can't wait to see the rest!
     
  7. jammyjammy2112

    jammyjammy2112 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how nice..!!
    is this her first brood
    and does anybody no how to fix this whenever i go onto a tread and it allways starts at page 0 not where i have posted last does anybody no how to fix this
     
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  8. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    Are you subscribed to the thread? that should take you automatically to the last post you read...not back to the first post.

    Lady of McCamley
     
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  9. jammyjammy2112

    jammyjammy2112 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah i am subscribed it happens to ever tread including this wan [​IMG]
     
  10. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When you want to open the thread, hover your mouse over the right corner area of the thread link. There should be two links become visible: go to first post, go to last post.
     

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