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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jacqdiva, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. Jacqdiva

    Jacqdiva Songster

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    How long should a first time broody sit before you give her real eggs to sit on? Henrietta is a white Wyandotte and was sitting on six plastic eggs, plus one of hers. I swapped plastic eggs for a selection of everyone else in the flock. She has eight real eggs now, and is still on them today. Hope I have done right??? Too keen??? I have REALLY wanted a broody in my flock. First time for her and I......:/
     
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  2. I usually let a hen sit for at least 4 days before I give her eggs to hatch. I don't want the hen laying her own eggs in the nest and potentially corrupting a valuable line bred blood line. Even though all my eggs are well marked before I set them, why take a chance?

    Are you sure Henrietta won't leave the nest with the chick that has a head start and leave your other 7 chicks to die in the egg?
     
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  3. Jacqdiva

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    Well we got them under her within hours. I was quick to act after sundown!
     
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  5. Jacqdiva

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    Thank you so much. I will.
     

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