glorianel5

In the Brooder
9 Years
Oct 7, 2010
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0
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I have a girl maybe a red, who is just sitting all day.
She comes out for a meal and a dirt bath, but she just wants to
sit all day. Friend told me to get her some fertile eggs to hatch.
Im fine with babes and I have the room any one try this?

jen
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
28,906
273
421
SW Arkansas
Yep, all the time. I have a bunch of chicks running around that my broodies hens have hatched out.
 

CariLynn

Songster
9 Years
Aug 23, 2010
232
5
101
State of confusion
Just make sure that the eggs she is sitting are indeed fertilized, as my little broody Cochin was sitting 3 eggs that turned out not to be. I found that out when I candled them around 15 days, so we let her sit the remaining 6 days and the day they were due to hatch we bought 6 three day old chicks and put them close enough to her that she could hear them and then that night we slipped the 3 bad eggs out form under her and put the 6 babies back. By morning when I went to check on her, she fluffed up twice her size, gave me the stink eye and when I went to gently lift her breast feathers to see if I could see the peeps, got pecked for my trouble.

It is a JOY to watch a hen and babies...nothing more endearing or more fun.
 

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