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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CHICKEN CRAZY1, Oct 2, 2013.
I have been wondering about this and it has stumped me. Does anyone have any tips or tricks?
Some birds go broody, some don't. It just depends on the bird and the breed. However, providing a nice secluded nest box and leaving eggs in a nest will encourage a bird to go broody. Often, just the sight of several eggs laying in a nest box will make a naturally broody hen go broody.
+1 with the above. Not much, if anything, you can do. It all depends on the breed...and then on the individual bird. Some want to be momma's, some don't. It's really dependent upon the hormones, and these traits have largely been bred out of the more popular egg-layer breeds. Broody breeds as Orpingtons, Wyandottes, Game Birds/Jungle Fowl, Fayoumis...the less hybridized breeds.
If it's a Silkie, show it an egg.
Does a barred rock go broody?
Barred Rocks sometimes go broody. However, if your bird is a Barred Rock from a hatchery, there is a lesser chance of her going broody than if she was an exhibition quality bird bred for show. Birds sold by hatcheries have often been bred to be great egg layers, which means that they don't go broody often.
I think just by leaving eggs in the nesting box would be the most accurate.
Alright THAT question has been answered. Does anyone know how long fertile eggs can be stored?
When setting eggs for the incubator I never use eggs more than 10 days old. I bring them inside and store them pointy end down in an egg carton below 16 degrees Celsius . The hen will often collect eggs for longer, sometimes up to 14 eggs.
Fertile eggs can be stored for about two weeks before their hatchability starts dropping significantly. For best hatches, though, collect eggs for no more than a week.