Can a broody chicken hatch other fowl?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by minifarmkat, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. minifarmkat

    minifarmkat Out Of The Brooder

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    We were hoping to incubate some turkey eggs this year, but our brooder is full of goose eggs. Can we use a broody hen to incubate the turkey eggs?
     
  2. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they are great hatchers. Just don't allow a duck to hatch chickens because they will bring them in the water thus drowning. But a chicken can hatch out and raise any fowl with no problem (broody chicken freaks out when baby ducks go in water but she stays out of it).
     
  3. minifarmkat

    minifarmkat Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much!
    That is too funny. poor mama hen though, scared for her baby ducks lol.
     
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    minifarmkat Out Of The Brooder

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    Would a hen be able to hatch a goose egg (with a little assistance to flip of course). I am only asking because I have a friend who would like to hatch her own goose egg, but does not have an incubator.
     
  5. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, up to 4 for a small hen, I prefer only 2 though. They surprisingly don't need help turning.
     
  6. minifarmkat

    minifarmkat Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh ok awesome! Do you need to mist the eggs or anything?
     
  7. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope, she will take care of everything. Humidity is not as near exact for a good hatch from a broody anything as it is required with an incubator. The moisture from her skin does it all.
     
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    minifarmkat Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok thanks, that's very helpful!
     
  9. RockerHen

    RockerHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, my silkies incubate and hatch turkey eggs (up to 4 per hen!) for me all the time. They don't seem like they would be able to cover them, but they really 'pancake' out and get the job done.
     
  10. minifarmkat

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    Oh that's too funny. My mom picked one of her heftier columbian wyandottes.
     

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