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Hatching eggs with a broody hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FarmerCarl, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. FarmerCarl

    FarmerCarl In the Brooder

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    That's not a crazy idea is it? I'm thinking about trying to hatch eggs this summer so I don't have to rely on buying new chicks every year. Here's my idea. Please tell me what you think or if you think there is a better way to accomplish my goal.

    I have laying hens now and will add more this spring. I prefer not to have a rooster around because I'm selling eggs to family and hopefully a few friends later on. Don't want fertilized eggs going to my customers. So I had the idea that if I could buy or raise a hen to hatch eggs for me that would work best.

    I thought I would purchase hatching eggs and stick them under the hen. Is that a crazy idea or would that work?
     

  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Lots of people do that. They keep a Cochin or Silkeys.
     
  3. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Songster

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    What your doing will work if the eggs are fertile, although you may get better results with an incubator.
     
  4. ghulst

    ghulst Songster

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    That would work if you have a source of good hatching eggs. One other concern is getting broodies when you want them . I Hatch all my show birds under broodies like I did when i was a kid.
     
  5. If you're looking to hatch a smaller number of eggs, go ahead. I don't have a brooder and though I've only hatched two eggs before, I used my broody. All I needed to do was provide her with food and water and keep her away from the others. 20 days later, I had two beautiful babies.

    Not a crazy idea. In fact, it keeps the hatch-a-halics in line. [​IMG]
     
  6. fowlafoot

    fowlafoot Songster

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    A good broody hen will beat an incubator hands down as long as she only has as many eggs as she can comfortably cover and is provided with a good nest. We use game hens, they have excellent broody instincts and are extremely protective caring mothers.
     
  7. fowlafoot

    fowlafoot Songster

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    Quote:[​IMG] Unless you happen to have 80 game hens just waiting for an excuse to go broody [​IMG] [​IMG] then your addiction can still be a problem!
     

  8. 2468Chickensrgr8

    2468Chickensrgr8 Songster

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    Thats what I did last May I bought 6 mutt eggs from someone local(looked on KIJIJI classifieds) I wanted green egg layers ...I did this when my Banty went broody and she did all the rest....5 out of the 6 hatched...3 survived...two were hawk lunch....so out of the three hens that she hatched out ...two lay green eggs and one lays a cream egg....plan on doing it again this spring...I have found a local breeder .[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2009
  9. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Quote:[​IMG] Unless you happen to have 80 game hens just waiting for an excuse to go broody [​IMG] [​IMG] then your addiction can still be a problem!

    80 game hens?? [​IMG] Checking the yard.......... Yep, about that. [​IMG]
     
  10. Quote:[​IMG] Unless you happen to have 80 game hens just waiting for an excuse to go broody [​IMG] [​IMG] then your addiction can still be a problem!

    Quite frankly, I don't know anyone with that many hens, needless to say that many broody hens. A little flaw in my plan, but you know it helps more. The first step is always admitting you have a problem. [​IMG]
     

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