Buff Orpingtons in Grass Valley, Ca

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dasher, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. dasher

    dasher Out Of The Brooder

    I am a new member of BYC, although I have been learning from the site for over a year. I have 4 orpington hens who are about a year and 3 months old. They are great egg layers even in the winter. My question is: Can't I get some fertile eggs, and put them under the hens and will they hatch them. I'd like some new chicks, but we have no Rooster.
    Happy dasher in Grass Valley!!
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN. Yes you can do that.
  3. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    Welcome to BYC !![​IMG]

    Doesn't the hen have to be broody for her to set on the eggs though? Or maybe she is and I missed something....?

    Anyway good luck with your chooks!
  4. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member


    I think we've got a handfull of members out in Grass Valley!
  5. dasher

    dasher Out Of The Brooder

    Quote:How will I tell when aand if the hen is broody, does she have to be broody to put the fertile eggs under-her?? I am new at this so all help is welcome. dasher
  6. dasher

    dasher Out Of The Brooder

    Quote:Good to know thereare other chicken folks in GV. Thanks for the Welcome. dasher
  7. pw_quiltworks

    pw_quiltworks One Handy Chick

    Jan 7, 2009
    From Old Town, Maine
  8. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    Yes, your hen will have to be broody. She will be broody if she stays on the nest longer and longer fusses or pics at you when you try to remove her also her voice sort of changes. She will not lay and be very quiet unless disturbed then fussy. Remove her from the nest several times to make sure she is sincere in this. Sometimes they are not quite ready. Mostly they will become broody in the spring but sometimes at odd times of the year too. Good luck with your orpingtons . What color are they. Jean PS WELCOME to BYC
  9. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan

    Glad to have you here! [​IMG]
  10. Padre

    Padre Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 28, 2008
    Lebanon, TN
    [​IMG] The Lunatic Frindge!!! You will love it here.

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