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Hatching Eggs without an incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Zonoma, May 11, 2011.

  1. Zonoma

    Zonoma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know this is probably a dumb question BUT... if I have a broody hen, can't I just swap "her" eggs with "mine"?
     
  2. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BackYard Chickens!! [​IMG]

    Yep! A ton of people swap the hen's eggs with fertile eggs. [​IMG]
    If she is truly broody, she will continue to sit on 'your' eggs [​IMG]

    Good luck!
     
    Last edited: May 11, 2011
  3. naughtyhens

    naughtyhens Out Of The Brooder

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    It's not a dumb question. Before I had chickens but my friends did, when they started talking about what a fuss it is to hatch with incubators, I'd say "can't you just stick the eggs under a broody hen?" and they'd look at me like I was very odd.
    There's lots of information on this forum about hatching under a broody hen. Most people say to switch the eggs at night so the hen won't fuss so much thinking you're taking her eggs. My broody hen takes a break once a day, so I just switched the eggs while she was taking a break. If your broody doesn't take breaks, I'd do it at night. Then, start counting to 21.
    Good luck!
     
  4. Zonoma

    Zonoma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome! Thanks. [​IMG]
     
  5. Mama Austranought

    Mama Austranought Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No dumb about it! I just hatched some of them! Good Luck! and [​IMG]
     

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