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First egg shipment and hen has gone broody

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CamiLynn, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. CamiLynn

    CamiLynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my silkies just went broody today and I have shipment of eggs due to arrive tomorrow. I would like to put some of the shipped eggs under the hen and the rest in my incubator however, I don't know exactly what to do when it comes to shipped eggs. I was told they needed to sit a day or two and not to be turned for a few days in the incubator, but what about placing them under my broody hen? Please help.
     
  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    You can sit them in an egg carton fat end up for 24 hours then give her some and put the rest in your incubator . I dont know this is my first try with a broody and they were my eggs . But I bet someone else will know more.
     
  3. CamiLynn

    CamiLynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I have had a broody hen hatch eggs that I had gotten from someone else, but they were local and not shipped. I'm just not sure about the shipped eggs, since I was told not to turn them for a few days.
     
  4. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    IF anyone can get the best hatch out of shipped eggs I think it would be a broody hen. Maybe check the air cells and give her the ones that are the most stable and put the others in the bator not to be turned for a few days till they settle better??
     
  5. CamiLynn

    CamiLynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is what I was thinking also. Hopefully, someone that has actually used shipped eggs under a broody hen with success, will chime in. Fingers crossed.
     

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