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Broody or brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kittykorat, May 12, 2010.

  1. kittykorat

    kittykorat Songster

    Aug 12, 2009
    Central MA
    I have a broody EE that has been sitting on unfertile eggs since Saturday.

    One local farm store has 1 week old EE's for sale- I could get these and put them in my brooder.
    Another local farm store is getting EE's in next wednesday... I could try to sneak these under my broody.

    Which would you do?
  2. Luvs chickens

    Luvs chickens Songster

    Sep 28, 2009
    I tried it and it was a disaster. My 3 broody hens were throwing them around and I had to take them out FAST! I ended up putting some fertilized eggs under them. have 2 more weeks to go until hatch. So, I would say don't do it. the chicks are safe under a heat lamp, they survived thank goodness.[​IMG]
  3. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing 10 Years

    Let Mama do it. I think there is a higher success rate. Plus a friend of mine told me that chicks hatched and raised with Mama will tend to be healthier since they are exposed to the "bad germ" which helps develop their immune systems to be stronger.
  4. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing 10 Years

    My broody is sitting on eggs I got from a friend. She accepted my reaching under neath her, removing her eggs and replacing her eggs with some that were not her own. I guess each hen is different. I say, give her a try.
  5. kittykorat

    kittykorat Songster

    Aug 12, 2009
    Central MA
    Ack! One vote for broody, and one for brooder.. now what?
  6. OmaBird

    OmaBird Songster

    May 10, 2010
    CA High Desert
    I am much better at brooding than any mama hen. I was not always good. Now I always brood my own chicks.
  7. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    Instead of chicks, could you get some hatching eggs instead? It's pretty easy to slip eggs under a broody. It's less certain whether she'll accept already hatched chicks.
  8. kittykorat

    kittykorat Songster

    Aug 12, 2009
    Central MA
    Quote:The issue there is I would't be able to keep any roos.
  9. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing 10 Years

    Why not see how she reacts to the foreign eggs? Sounds like you have a brooder so you can always change to that plan if the natural way doesnt work out.
  10. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Songster

    Feb 5, 2008
    I've tried it before. The chicks were scared of the hen.

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