HELP! how many eggs can a hen set on?!

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

  1. kgdubois

    kgdubois Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 24 eggs that I would like to hatch, and only one broody hen...can she set on this many?! This is my first time, and I truly have no idea what I'm doing yet. Any advice would be so appreciated!

    Thank you!
     
  2. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of hen? I heard that silkies can hatch 8 eggs. I don't think a hen can hatch 24... but I'll let someone else tell you what they know, not what I think.
     
  3. Tiss

    Tiss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    8-12 large eggs seems about right on an average sized hen. My broody Red took 14 with no trouble. Lacey did better with 8. I started her with more and let's just say, that's the reason she only had 5 eggs left on day 21.
     
  4. kgdubois

    kgdubois Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the hen is either an Easter Egger or a Buff Orpington (i'm borrowing her from a friend). i may see if there is another broody hen out there for me to borrow & i'll put 12 eggs under each one [​IMG]

    thanks y'all!
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    When I was a kid we had a huge light brahma hen that hatched out over two dozen chicks... I suppose it depends upon the size of the hen and how gently she sets on them.
     
  6. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~

    Well, summers really hot this year, so I guess the ones that don't fit under her, will still be pretty hot [​IMG]
     

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