Can I add incubating eggs to a broody hen?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by DruT54, Apr 7, 2016.

  1. DruT54

    DruT54 Out Of The Brooder

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    I started incubating some eggs (and on day 8 they all had embryos) and a week later my little Cochin girl went broody. Is it possible to get her to finish incubating and/or raise them? Actually 1 of the eggs is hers and another is her sisters, but the rest belong to my Buff and Australorps (yes I like diversity in my coop)
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] If I am reading correctly she will be at day 14 of her brooding when the chicks hatch. If so she will probably be hormonally ready to accept them. Understand that about 24 to 36 hours after they hatch she will leave the nest with the chicks. Any eggs that were in her original clutch will have another week to go.
     
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    so those eggs will get abandoned? If so I won't do that. Thanks!
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Yes, once she has chicks she will leave the nest to teach them about eating, drinking, and being chickens. Staggered hatches always cause problems.
     
  5. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Did the broody start sitting on eggs a week later, or are you asking since she is broody can you give her what's in the incubator?
     

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