Broody Hens vs Incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by edenrice, Nov 27, 2016.

  1. edenrice

    edenrice In the Brooder

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    Pros and Cons?
     
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    Incubator

    Pro's
    More capacity
    Cheaper on a per chick hatched basis
    More control in terms of when start of incubation
    More skill required

    Con's
    Vulnerable to power failure
    Lower Hatch percentage
    Stable environment needed for incubator
    Cretenism higher

    Hen

    Pro's
    Can replace brooder
    Protects chicks / eggs during inclement weather
    Less skill required
    Operates in a wide range of temperatures.

    Con's
    Requires much more investment in terms of feed
    Much lower capacity for chicks hatched and reared
    Do not start on your time table
     
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2016
  3. SueT

    SueT Crowing

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    But remember hens go broody on their schedule not yours. Not all hens are reliably broody for the required length of time. You can only fit so many eggs under a hen.
     
  4. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Crowing

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    Both are good. If you want a few chicks---when you get a broody hen---set her. If you want a lot of chicks, set the incubator. With both you need to do your home-work to have better hatch rates. My broody hens(over 70 sets last year) hatch 98 to 100%. My Incubators---hatched over 6000 last year and had a 95 to 100% hatch rate. I like Both---no Cons with either.
     

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