~ Broody or 'bator?~

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 1mommahen, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

    Mar 20, 2008
    OK, got eggs from nivtup yesterday put them in the 'bator. Today I have a Cochin sitting on nothing! Won't get out of box, nips at my hand if I try to move her.[​IMG]

    What would you do? I have 12 eggs. Give them to her or split them or just leave them in the 'bator?[​IMG]

    I don't have a roo so no other eggs coming her way if I don't use these![​IMG]
  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
    I know nothing about broody's but I would think you would want her to be broody a bit to see if she is serous befor youput eggs under her .. but i dont know nothing so dont take my word for it.
  3. farrier!

    farrier! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    I have not hatched eggs yet but I would be inclined to give her a couple.
    After reading all the hatching threads it is more fun to do the incubator!

    But I won't be the one staring at them... [​IMG]
  4. retiredwithchicks

    retiredwithchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2009
    Byrdstown, TN
    I would be careful. I thought I had a broody and put 8 eggs under her. She would sit all day but get on the roost at night. Took them out after 3 days.
  5. Jennings Gamefowl

    Jennings Gamefowl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2009
    i would first put some dummy eggs and see if she will sit all the time on them.. if so I would put take some of the dummy eggs and replace them with the real ones..better to make sure she wanting to sit... its sooo cute to see a mother hen and her chicks.. thats why i use silkies and game hens to do the hatching also it saves money.... AND the chicks will know their mother, or adopted mother
  6. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

    Mar 20, 2008
    Thanks all! We put 3 of the 12 we have under her and checked on her and she is flat as a pancake and givin' the big ole stink eye everytime we check her!
  7. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Check on her later tonight and see if she is still sitting. Is she stays put for a couple days I would give her more eggs.
  8. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona
    I recomend keeping the eggs in your bator for ak least 48 hours to make sure your hen is really broody. If she is, pop the eggs under her in the dead of night, at least one hour after sundown. She'll take care of the eggs as if they were hers. I also recomend that you do let her hatch the eggs. Instincts rule in Broodies. And incubators are as dumb as, well, a styrofoam box. It will also save you some time, and some hair. [​IMG]

  9. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    i love broodys, but have only had one. this is my opinion, but i would trust a broody over an incubator any day of my life!
  10. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

    Mar 20, 2008
    Hey, somebody changed my post with the word "rooster" instead of "eggs"! Nifty - - - Are you foolin' with my posts!!!!!!!!!![​IMG]

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by