Can I let my broody sit for a week before getting her hatching eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kate2008, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. kate2008

    kate2008 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a persistent broody so I want to finally let her have a try at some eggs. She started brooding yesterday (Monday) but I probably can't get any fertile eggs until next week. Is it reasonable to let her sit on dummy eggs for that long? Newbie here . . . .
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I do it a lot. When a hen goes broody I start to collect eggs for her to hatch. Sometimes that takes a few days, depending on which hens are laying and which eggs I want to hatch. My last one, the one that hatched Sunday night, took about a week to gather all the eggs I wanted. I put some under her and some more in an incubator planned to hatch at the same time. She’ll raise them all.

    Before a hen even starts laying eggs she stores up extra fat. That extra fat is mostly what she lives on when broody, that way she doesn’t have to eat and drink a lot but can spend more time on the nest. She easily has enough to last four weeks or more. I don’t want a hen to go past five weeks on the nest as a broody, but four weeks doesn’t bother me at all. Besides, my test to see if a hen is broody enough is that she has to stay on the nest two consecutive nights before she has convinced me she deserves eggs.

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    Because people like photos I’ll first show you the incubator chicks that hatched Sunday night.


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    Then the broody hen after I gave her the chicks. The incubator chicks pretty much dove under her immediately but one that she hatched came out to say hello.
     

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