Hatching under a broody hen info! Help!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chick1043, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    Idaho
    I have hatched eggs before in an incubator, but not under a broody hen. How does this work? I know it's getting colder outside but I'm planning on moving them inside. (I have a plan lol) How does broody hen hatch work? The main thing I'm worried about is humidity. I do have an incubator just in case the hen decides to give up....Any tips would be really appreciated!! Thanks!!
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    You don't have to do anything, really. Hens are designed to do this! Just give her some eggs and a safe, cozy place to sit and keep the incubator on stand-by, should something happen.
     
  3. xxsamigirlxx

    xxsamigirlxx Out Of The Brooder

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    I recently hatched some bantams under a broody hen so hopefully I can help you out, firstly collect the amount of eggs you are going to give her , store them pointy end down until you've got the amount you want. I separated the broody hen from the flock and placed all the eggs in the nest and let her sit on them, you don't really have to worry about temp or humidity and the hen will provide this for the eggs, she will also turn them. During this time she will not eat or drink much and will only move from the nest to poop, eat, and drink. I candeled the eggs after a week and disposed of the infertile ones.my hen was kept outside and her coop door was left open so she had the chance to go outside for a break , however on day 18 I shut the coop in preparation for the arrival of the chicks, hope this has helped :)
     
  4. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    Idaho
    Thanks sumi!

    xxsamigirlxx - I'm only hatching 1 egg because I'm going to be getting more around the time of the hatch from a friend. I really wanted to hatch an egg under a hen because of the experience and I'm a little lazy to break a broody hen! lol So is that okay that it's only 1 egg? Thanks btw like I said I have a plan lol
     
  5. xxsamigirlxx

    xxsamigirlxx Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah you can put just the one egg underneath her, however the more eggs you put under the greater chance of getting fertile eggs, so if you only put one under and it isn't fertile then you have nothing to work with if that makes sense
     
  6. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    Idaho
    I am getting the egg from mypetchicken.com:) I heard it's a really recommended website but dang expensive! lol I ordered a bantam silkie because the broody hen is a bantam. :)
     
  7. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long can fertile eggs wait for a broody hen and stay viable? How should they be stored? I do not have a rooster but am thinking of trying to hatch a few chicks for the very frist time the next time my cochin goes broody. I will need to buy eggs and am not sure how to time everything right.
     
  8. xxsamigirlxx

    xxsamigirlxx Out Of The Brooder

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    It depends really, usually up to ten days, store them pointy end down in an egg box, at room temperature, make sure they're kept away from extreme temperatures. If you are buying eggs store them like this for 24 hours to let them settle, then place them under your broody hen
     
  9. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!!
     
  10. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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