Broody vs Bater

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ginasmarans, May 8, 2008.

  1. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    O.K., 21 days ago I set 12 eggs under a broody and 15 in the bater. Eggs were shipped from 2 different sources. At day 18 I candled and culled all but 12 bater eggs. Now they are hatching. In the bater I have 2 chicks hatched(still wet) and a couple pipped(that I can tell) One has pipped and looks dead in the shell. Under the broody I have 4 completly dry fluffy butts and at least 1 pipping.So far the broody is ahead.
  2. I believe that natural incubation is always the best, but when all your broody hens are sitting on eggs, I put the other hatching eggs in the bator.
  3. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Songster

    Mar 20, 2008
    I think broodies are better hatchers, but I've only used a broody twice and shes sitting now as the second time.
  4. normajean

    normajean Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    Howell, MI
    Keep us posted on the tally - hen vs pen!
    good luck!

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