Broody hens and fertile eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SHRanchHen, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. SHRanchHen

    SHRanchHen Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone know how long I have to stick fertile eggs under two hens that just went broody? They've been broody for two days now and I have no roosters but I'd like to stick some fertile eggs under them. They are keeping golf balls warm right now.
     
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    Pretty much as long as you want, they're not going to stop being broody unless the eggs hatch, or they're really disturbed
     
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  3. SHRanchHen

    SHRanchHen Out Of The Brooder

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    That's what I was hoping for! THANK YOU!!!
     
  4. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    Of course! Same thing happened with my hen, I got her some fertilized eggs about 2 weeks after she went broody, and she was fine
     
  5. SHRanchHen

    SHRanchHen Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm so excited now! I feel a little bad because they are Ameracuana eggs going under a couple Banty hens, but those banties sure make good mommas! My Ameracuana never go broody.....
     
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  6. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    My hen didnt care that the eggs under her weren't hers
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    I usually wait till a hen has been sitting consistently for at least 3 days before giving her eggs. If you wait more than a week or two, she might stop brooding before the eggs are ready to hatch. And the longer she stays broody, the weaker and more susceptible she will be to illness.
     
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  8. SHRanchHen

    SHRanchHen Out Of The Brooder

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    Any idea how to move them to a different location and not disrupt the broodiness? They are nesting in apparently "the two best nesting boxes" and are causing my other girls grief!
     
  9. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    Move them at night
     
  10. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    After 3 days of consistent brooding is when I move them into the brooding crate. It will upset them a bit, but if they are fully broody, they should settle down and sit.
     

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