hatching eggs without an incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by gunny, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. gunny

    gunny Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 11 NH Red hens and 1 Rooster. I would like to hatch some of the hen eggs and am wondering how to go about it without an incubator.
     
  2. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

    May 2, 2009
    Desert, CA
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2010
  3. gunny

    gunny Out Of The Brooder

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    How do I know which eggs to put in the incubator? Do I just grab a bunch and hope that they are fertile or should I put my rooster and a hen in a closed room for a while first? I understand it takes a week or so before candleing will tell me if they are fertile or not.
     
  4. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    Alaska
    Go to the links at the top of this page and you can find pictures of the fertile bullseye. If your rooster has been in company with the hens and he is old enough you should have fertile eggs. Just crack a few open and look for the bullseye.
     
  5. rittert3

    rittert3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Ks (Manhattan area)
    You could also use a broody hen if you have one.
     
  6. gunny

    gunny Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a hen that is often in the laying nest when I go to get the eggs and she snapped at me once. Should I just leave her and the eggs in there and see what happens?
     
  7. gunny

    gunny Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Will the fertile bullseye appear the day the egg is layed?
     
  8. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
    Alaska
    yes! it will be there the day laid if fertile.
     
  9. gunny

    gunny Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the info.
     

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