Can a standard chicken hatch bantam eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ScoobyRoo, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Songster

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    I have another broody hen. Our new banty has just started laying over a week ago. I have considered putting the banty eggs under the standard size chicken. I don't think she would break the eggs. The reason being is that the banty has been laying eggs in the same nest with the bigger chickens and they have not broke yet. I just wondered if there was any other reason why this would not work. Except after they hatch will the mama be too heavy and squash them? I know banties can hatch standard eggs but what about the other way around? Anybody done this before?

    btw, even though it is harder to see if they are fertile or not (we cracked open an egg to check), I do have a banty roo and I have seen them do 'the deed'. [​IMG]
  2. crazy chook

    crazy chook Songster

    Apr 8, 2010
    Langwarrin, Victoria
    Yes, you most certainly can. My large australorp hen hatched out 12 bantam chicks. I could have fit 15-20 under her but 12 was all I had!

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  3. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Songster

    Oct 16, 2009
    A broody will hatch just about any eggs, chicken, goose, turkey, quail....and even try to hatch stones and golf balls. Your hen will not break the eggs,

    Good Luck,

  4. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Songster

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    Thanks for the replies. As I mentioned in the first post, I know the eggs are strong enough since the banty has been laying in the same nest with the 'big' girls and they have not broken any. I was a little concerned that once they hatched and being so small if the hen would be too heavy and smash them? My broody hen is a LH/BO mix. I would gauge her as a med size chicken. If my DD can sweet talk her Daddy into letting her sticks some eggs under her, we will do it. I just had another broody hatch 2 out of 4 yesterday. Will see if the other two have hatched. Don't really need anymore chicks, but how do we stop? [​IMG]

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