Do chickens hatch their own eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by countrygirl57, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. countrygirl57

    countrygirl57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have never hatched eggs. This is just a thought. Will mommy hens, hatch & care for their chicks, as in my father's day, when their were no incubators?
     
  2. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they will. They are great mothers! But, not all breeds will go broody.
     
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  3. countrygirl57

    countrygirl57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 12 white leghorns & 12 golden comets
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    All you need is a broody hen,
    Fertile eggs... that means there is a rooster involved OR you have found suitable hatching eggs.
    A safe place / nest box for her to spend 21 days.

    Many breeds don't go broody.

    Some that do:

    Silkies,
    Games,
    Some Cochins,
    Some Orpingtons,
    Some Rocks. (Partridge)
     
  5. raiderbabe239

    raiderbabe239 ♥ Hatchaholic ♥

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    Quote:I think ( but may be wrong so don't count on this for sure) that those would be production breeds and are bred to be good layers and not go broody, they still can but i don't think it's as likely as say a silkie Cochin or buff Orpington that are known to e good broodies and mommies
     
  6. mulia24

    mulia24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    yes, she will. [​IMG]
     

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