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Broody Hens Instinct O_o

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Orpy, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. Orpy

    Orpy Out Of The Brooder

    My first time hatching - I had broody hens so I bought some 'fertile' eggs, by day 14 some were and are still viable, 4 to 5 more days now and I'm expecting them to hatch. I'm nervous about the last 3 days of hatching, I've also bought an incubator which every article I've read on incubation says not to turn the eggs in the last 3 days of the incubation period. Will my hen's instincts kick in? Will she "know" not to "mess" about with them LOL. I know this may seem odd but it really does have me nervous and curious.
     
  2. CayuseRanch

    CayuseRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Think of it this way, incubators are mans ways and mans directions on how to hatch chicken eggs. Momma hen is God's way and quite a bit more accurate. Our desire to do it ourselves, candle, turn, lift momma up and cluck thru glass is our way of trying to be a momma hen. Let her do her job her way and the success rate will be better. Its just soooo hard though isn't it?
     
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  3. Orpy

    Orpy Out Of The Brooder

    Great advice [​IMG] thank you for that. So far she has done a very good job sitting on them [​IMG]
     
  4. SilkiesForEver

    SilkiesForEver Overrun With Chickens

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    I couldn't have said it better myself. Hens know just what to do in this situation. God has planted strong instincts in their small brains. [​IMG]
    She knows what to do. [​IMG]
     
  5. CayuseRanch

    CayuseRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read a really interesting article once about a hen communicating with her chick in the egg and how it moves the eggs under her based on the stage of development that egg is at. Wish I would have flagged that page, it was great. I don't know of any incubator that does that.
     
  6. SilkiesForEver

    SilkiesForEver Overrun With Chickens

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    Aw! I would have loved to read that. [​IMG]

    Only God's incubator does that.
     
  7. CayuseRanch

    CayuseRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, so I got curious and googled. I don't know if this is the same article but it basically says the same thing.
    Link to whole article at the bottom.....

    Communicating with Chicks and Monitoring Development
    Vocalization is even important during the brooding process. Scientists have discovered (using tiny microphones connected to eggs and placed in the nest) that the hen hears vocal responses from the embryos to her vocalizations.
    These responses give her clues as to how the embryos are developing compared to each other. Based on that communication, she turns the eggs at different rates—moving one that is maturing a little more quickly out to the edge of the pile to cool off and slow down, while moving one that is maturing more slowly to the center of the nest to speed development.
    http://www.hobbyfarms.com/livestock-and-pets/broodiness-in-chickens.aspx
     
  8. Orpy

    Orpy Out Of The Brooder

    awesome, thank you for the link [​IMG] this is going to be an interesting read [​IMG]
     
  9. Orpy

    Orpy Out Of The Brooder

    well after reading that article i'm going to leave the dang eggs alone, knowing that i've candled the eggs and moved them around from where she had them positioned is a little saddening [​IMG]
     
  10. CayuseRanch

    CayuseRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sure they are fine and she will place them as they should be.
     

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