Can a Chicken Hatch Muscovy Eggs?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lauralou, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have broody hens. Lots of broody hens.

    I'd like to get some muscovy eggs this spring. I know it takes 35 days to hatch muscovy eggs. I figure if one broody hen gives up, it won't be a problem for me to put another broody on the eggs. Broodiness is like a contagious disease around here!

    So is it possible that my broody (chicken) hens could hatch out a clutch of muscovy eggs?

    Has anyone else had success with chickens hatching muscovies?
     
  2. lowcountrypoultry

    lowcountrypoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think they could..

    Depends on the hen though..
     
  3. 92caddy

    92caddy Egg Lover

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    Ive hatched about every kind of egg under a broody hen, all but an ostrich or a emu egg, but been thinking about trying it..........................
     
  4. lowcountrypoultry

    lowcountrypoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Could they fit over it?

    Or was that a joke lol
     
  5. 92caddy

    92caddy Egg Lover

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    I have been thinking about trying it, I have a few hens that could cover 1 emu egg, I dont know if they could cover a ostrich egg, but it would be fun to try. My friends just bought a pair of emus today, so when they strat to lay, I just might try an emu egg under a hen. ...................
     
  6. lowcountrypoultry

    lowcountrypoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Would a chicken be able to turn that big of an egg?
     
  7. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How big is an emu egg?

    Just curious, not thinking of setting one!
     
  8. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    By the way, thanks lowcountrypoultry. And 92caddy. I'll probably give it a try. I just didn't want to waste my money and risk disappointment if the general consensus was that it couldn't be done.

    I have 3 adult hens that are chronically broody. Out of 10 pullets I ordered this spring, 2 are buff orps, already practising at being broody, as well as a broody Blue Andalusian. Who would have thought that? Also, I hatched out a couple of pullets from the eggs of one of my adult broodies, before I realized that they would probably end up being broodies, too. So, broody hens galore.

    I'd still love to hear about it if anybody has tried it before.

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    Last edited: Oct 12, 2008
  9. lowcountrypoultry

    lowcountrypoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Anytime. [​IMG]

    I hope you have a good hatch.

    -Lowcountrypoultry
     

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