Broody vs Bator...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by HuffleClaw, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. HuffleClaw

    HuffleClaw Addicted to Birds

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    Hello! :frow

    My flock is currently driving me insane...they’ve almost all been broody at least once, but my Bantam Cochins & Silkies 2+ times, so far. :lol:

    Well, I’ve incubated lots of eggs this year... I love incubating eggs in an incubator, because it’s more "hands-on"

    I’ve found that I lose significantly more embryos than my hens do. But why?

    My hens have close to 100% hatch rates, and I have 50% or less, usually.

    The eggs have all been from my own flock, same birds, so it’s not the source. I have 2 calibrated thermometers & one hygrometer to measure temp and humidity. I have a still air incubator and a forced air incubator. I do find that my hatches in the forced air incubator are slightly better than the ones in the still air...

    I find it curious, that even with interruptions from the other girls, the broody hens have better success at hatching...

    Is this one of those "Broody does it best" type things?
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    Thank you,
    HuffleClaw / Kayla
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Your broodies are slackers. :p I have had broody silkies raise as many as 4 or 5 broods in a season. Properly set up, in my experience, broodies have hatched nearly 100 % of viable eggs. I did well with incubators, but nowhere near as consistently as 'broody mamas'.
     
  3. HuffleClaw

    HuffleClaw Addicted to Birds

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    Egg-laying slackers! :lau Thank you Sour!
     
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  4. Aunt Angus

    Aunt Angus Crowing

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    I'd definitely say broodies do it best!

    I love chickens. They really are marvelous and largely unappreciated.
     
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    Aunt Angus Crowing

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    Especially since they aren't laying if they're broody! Not incubating AND not laying? Slackers, for sure!
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  6. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Araucana enthusiast

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    YES! I will take a broody over an incubator any day! Nature does it best.
     
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  7. HuffleClaw

    HuffleClaw Addicted to Birds

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    Well.... yeah! :lau They’ll lay for about 2 weeks and go broody, again. :D
     
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  8. HuffleClaw

    HuffleClaw Addicted to Birds

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    Thank you! I’m really beginning to think that my incubator should be for emergencies only. :confused:

    Lovely Araucana, btw :love
     
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  9. Compost King

    Compost King Crowing

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    a year or so ago I said I preferred a broody to an incubator but I was new to incubating with lousy hatch rates and only had one broody hatch out eggs. I choose broody hands down as what is better. My hatch rates are better and I have had about dozen broody hens and some broody hens are awful mothers so I would say it depends on the mother. A good broody mother still wins my preference but I have had broody hens that couldn't keep their chicks alive.
     
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  10. HuffleClaw

    HuffleClaw Addicted to Birds

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    My broodies have been awesome so far, thank goodness! One of them has 12 guinea keets, bless her little heart :lol:
     

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