Broody Hen ?????

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mamdoe, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. mamdoe

    mamdoe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello everyone,

    Hoping someone has some insight. One of my hens just went broody about 2 days ago. Unfortunatly, I rehomed my rooster about 2 1/2 weeks ago. I read that eggs are fertile for up to 3 weeks. I cracked a few eggs to search for the "bulls eye" and did find it...although I am no pro, so I am still not sure if these eggs are fertile or not. I was thinking about buying some hatching eggs and switching them out. What do you all think?
    This is my first time. I had hoped to do it sooner when my handsome roo was still around...but he was THE biggest loud mouth. So he needed to a real farm to live out his days.
    Any tips or advice?
     
  2. mangled

    mangled Chillin' With My Peeps

    Chances are, they're still fertile. When we lost our roo suddenly, I hatched out 2 sets of eggs from him. The second batch had about 60% fertility and that was about 3 1/2 weeks out.

    Good luck! Broodies are fun.


    Blessings-
    Em
     
  3. mamdoe

    mamdoe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reply. I knew she was broody when she stayed in the nesting box overnight. But now I'm wondering if I should remove the egss she is sitting on now and relocate her and a fresh batch of eggs. So she starts sitting on them (uninterupted) all at once.
    I was thinking I could put her in a dog kennel and then just open up the door for her get out and eat/drink during the day....
     
  4. chickensgalore

    chickensgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a similiar question,if i move my broody hen and clutch of eggs to a different location after she's been sitting for a couple days will she continue sitting or give up on the idea
     

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