Hatching egg without incubator. HELP?!?!?!?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by GemGems, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. GemGems

    GemGems New Egg

    Apr 18, 2012
    Ok, Hi :D. My dad just recently bought 4 hens and a roo. One hen has laid one egg so far. But my dad said they don;t need an incubator, that the mother would keep them warm and feed them etc. is this true?
  2. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    That depends on the breed of chicken you have AND whether or not she is "broody" at the time she lays the egg.
    The short answer would be "No" she probably won't sit on the egg.
    Most egg-laying chickens today are bred to lay eggs; they don't sit on the nest.

    If you have a breed of chicken that is known to sit and hatch eggs (e.g., Silkies), then one day you might get a hen that will stop laying and just sit on the eggs.
    If that happens, then you can put a few more eggs under her so she can hatch them.
    I currently have one of my d'Uccle hens go broody and I put four Guinea eggs under her so she can hatch them.
    If you do not have a hen that is broody, then you will need an incubator to hatch the eggs.
    What kind(s) of chickens do you have?

  3. DirtCreature

    DirtCreature Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2011
    Olympia, Washington

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