broody question

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

  1. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Songster

    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 Crowing

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    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.


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