Hatching eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Misha707, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. Misha707

    Misha707 In the Brooder

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    Hi there, My hen, Nancy, has decided to go broody. I don't have a rooster and would like to put some eggs under her. Do I have time to order some or should I try to find some eggs locally? I haven't yet been successful in locating some but will keep trying! I would just hate to waste potential babies (& money) if she's moved on by the time they get here. I don't have an incubator as a backup, but could borrow one. Thanks!
    Michele in Napa
     
  2. Misha707

    Misha707 In the Brooder

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    Here she is in all her glorious broodiness :)
     

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  3. PrettyChickens15

    PrettyChickens15 Songster

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    How long has she been Broody?

    PS, What a cutie!
     
  4. Misha707

    Misha707 In the Brooder

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    She started off slowly by sleeping in the favorite (of course) box and I'd say she's been in there a lot over the last few days. She's in there now while all the others are eating.
     
  5. PrettyChickens15

    PrettyChickens15 Songster

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    It doesn't sound like she has been broody for long so I think it would be okay to order eggs depending on how long it takes. Chickens tend to stay broody for about three weeks, but I have had some of mine go over a month.
     
  6. oregonkat

    oregonkat Crowing

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    If you can find eggs that you want locally, I would go that route. Shipped eggs are always a gamble but if you decide to do that, I think you would have time.
     
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  7. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic

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    Either way, I think you have time to order eggs or look for them locally :) She's so precious! :love
     
  8. Misha707

    Misha707 In the Brooder

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    Guess what everyone!!
     

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  9. Misha707

    Misha707 In the Brooder

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    I feel really bad for Nancy. Buttercup (orp) was also broody and I split the eggs between them. I peeked in on Sunday (day 19) and saw two had started to pip! I moved mama B to a dog crate in the garage and put all eggs under her. I don't have two crates, and thought this would be best. So far, 5 of the 6 eggs have hatched! Should I give Nancy one of the day olds? It will have to be in the coop with the other 3 girls. I can slip it under her tonight if you think thatsw a good idea. I was just afraid the egg would fall out of the nesting box.
     

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