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Giving fertile eggs to a two week broody hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jlopez12, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. jlopez12

    jlopez12 In the Brooder

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    Hello,
    I have a black Australorp who is very broody and has been for almost two weeks now. I want raise chicks but want to experience a mother hen raising her young. I just received a late order of fertilized eggs in the mail and I’m just questioning now if I should give them to her or not. She’s been sitting on a few fake eggs for the past few days, and I want to switch them out for the real eggs but I’m worried that her broody state will go away before the eggs hatch. Last year when she was broody, I didn’t get any eggs from her for almost 3 months. Should I just give them to her and hope she doesn’t abandon them before the 21 day period?
     
  2. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit Premium Member

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    You'll never know if you don't try :confused: I'd give it a go with at least some of the eggs, assuming you have an incubator.
     
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