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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

    Mar 15, 2011
    Northern Kentucky
    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

    Dec 17, 2010
    Under Your bed
    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

    Jan 9, 2011
    San Francisco
    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

    Mar 15, 2011
    Northern Kentucky
    Awesome! Thanks. [​IMG]
  5. Mama Austranought

    Mama Austranought Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2011
    Western Australia
    No dumb about it! I just hatched some of them! Good Luck! and [​IMG]

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