broody question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicken_boy_Kurt, May 27, 2008.

  1. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2008
    How do broodies know when to stop turning their eggs? Do they just keep turning them until they hatch and somehow almost always get a near perfect hatch or do the chicks peep and tell her to stop turning them?
     
  2. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    When the chicks start to pip the hen pulls down tight for the hatch.

    I have had hens that have set for several weeks past the normal 3, they wouldn't break so I gave up and gave them eggs.

    This year "Momma Hen" set a total of 6 days. She got eggs out of the incubator and I didn't have to set up a brooder.

    Matt
     

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