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Broody Safe Zone

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sane cat lady, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. sane cat lady

    sane cat lady In the Brooder

    Apr 9, 2013
    I have two Black English Orpington Pullets both 20 weeks old and a few chicks in my brooder, next year my plan is to put hatching eggs under one of my hens when she (hopefully) goes broody. What I am wondering is once a hen goes broody how long do I have to get eggs under her before I run the risk of problems? from what I understand a broody will sit on eggs for only about 21 days before abandoning them so I assume that I will not have much leeway.

    There is a local breeder from whom i may purchase my eggs but if there is a fairly decent safe zone I may consider ordering eggs online.

  2. Whittni

    Whittni Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Southern Utah
    Some hens are more broody than others. Some will wait to hatch eggs forever and some are impatient. The eggs themselves take about 21 days to hatch, I think that's what you read. When you notice a broody hen, just get some eggs for her as quickly as you can and she should just hatch them out.

    Good luck!

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