getting the eggs hatched

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Irene5008, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. Irene5008

    Irene5008 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 11, 2014
    How can I get the hens to sit on the eggs to hatch them? Should I mark them to know how old they are? I have two hens laying in the same box.
  2. Roxannemc

    Roxannemc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2012
    SE Missouri
    Marking them would be good with a pencil not marker.
    You cant guarantee they will sit on them the whole 21 days if they are new at it.. Are they trying?
    Usually they will set all day and night and not move much might to put food and water near to make it easier for them Sometime some get off to drink and eat. Mark your calendar 21 days fro m the day AFTER they started setting that will be hatch day
    If you have an incubator I would crank it up in case they stop in the middle Some do. and you have to move the eggs to the bator for the remainder of the time
    they can get off for a few hours but not for a day or 2.GOOD LUCK! I have a couple new girls setting too the last couple days Must know its the time of year!.
    YOu cant make them set
    Some breeds are better at it some not at all Silkies and Buff Orpingtons are good and im sure a few other breeds.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2014

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