hatching shipped eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by birdface, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. birdface

    birdface In the Brooder

    May 27, 2011
    Downingtown, Pa
    I was thinking about buying some eggs to hatch. But i dont have an incubator and was thinking about having one of my hens sit on them once she starts laying her own eggs. Has anyone ever done this and did it work? She hasnt stated laying yet but should be within the next month or so.
  2. Shells

    Shells Hatching

    Jan 18, 2011
    My lovely Josephine (a barred rock) went broody and we quickly ordered some fertilizes eggs. She has hatched 2 clutches now and she looked after them beautifully. My husband decided it would be too cold outside for them so the first lot lived in the down stairs room. Great for us and the kids to be near them but it didn't last long as the smell got to us. The only problem for us is dealing with the inevitable roosters.
  3. Chicken Chat

    Chicken Chat Songster

    Jul 19, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    A hen would work really well, but you have to wait for her to go broody.
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    don't order eggs until she's stayed on the nest three nights in a row.... and even then you are taking a chance.

    When I did what you are contemplating with my first broody, out of 8 eggs, 5 developed and not a single one hatched.

    That's when I bought a rooster and then a couple of incubators.
  5. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm

    Apr 13, 2008
    Bowdon, GA
    I've mailed several batches of eggs out this year for broodies! I even had a chicken hatch out duck and turkey and guinea eggs that were shipped!!! and all of them still get along very well![​IMG] As soon as you get a broody, contact me or another seller of eggs. And keep the hen broody by giving her a few infertile eggs to sit on until the shipped ones arrive! Nancy
  6. birdface

    birdface In the Brooder

    May 27, 2011
    Downingtown, Pa
    I know id have to wait for her to go broody, any idea when that usally happens? Im sure it wont happen on her first go with laying, shes a cochin and i heard they go broody alot.
    And, im not really excited about having roosters to try and get rid of, or try to figure out whats, what when they hatch. But im really trying to get ahold of some americunas and i think this is probably the only way.

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