Giving eggs to broody hen question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Gardenlady2, Aug 13, 2014.

  1. Gardenlady2

    Gardenlady2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a broody hen again (her first time, my second).
    Can I put eggs under her that were laid yesterday and the day before? They've been sitting at room temperature.
    Also, how many eggs should I give her? She's a Delaware.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Yes - those eggs (if fertile) would be fine to give her. Different folks have different time ranges which they will keep hatching eggs, and ways they store them, but those eggs you have are beyond fresh enough. If you think about it, a broody will collect eggs over quite a period of time before she actually sets the clutch. How many eggs do you have and how many chicks do you want/can you accommodate?
     
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Go for it! They will be just fine. She should be able to cover 10-12 easily.
     
  4. islandgirl82

    islandgirl82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only egg I've ever tried to hatch sat on my kitchen counter for about a week before I brought it to my son's kindergarten class to put in the incubator. We now have a beautiful cockerel who's about 10 weeks old. lol
     

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