Help me decide which broody

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 10 point, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    I have two Buff orpington hens Carlos and Mackenzie that I think are both broody.

    Carlos I know for sure is broody she's been in the nest for 3 days, but has never been broody before and isn't as protective as Mackenzie.

    Mackenzie has been broody 4 or 5 times and is more protective but has only been in the nest about 12 hours.

    I'm setting tomorrow in a separate hutch from the coop and need to know which hen to pick.

    thanks any help is appreciated
  2. skillswife

    skillswife Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2010
    SW Montana
    I would give the new girl a chance;)
  3. koda55533

    koda55533 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 19, 2011
    I would put eggs under one that you think would be a good mother, or the one that has set on eggs before if either of them have [​IMG]
  4. poseygrace

    poseygrace Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    How many eggs ya got? Can you stick a few under each, and then if one gives up or does a bad job, just switch them over?
  5. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    Quote:neither have hatched before
  6. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    Quote:I'm only setting like 8-12 depending on how tomorrow turns out egg wise
  7. MetalSmitten

    MetalSmitten Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2010
    bloomington, indiana
    i'd just give them both small batches. [​IMG] it's fair, it doesn't put all the eggs in one basket if ya catch my pun/drift, and less chance of them getting smashed or of one broody fighting the other for the babies... (also, if mackenzie decides to quit, you can always shove them under carlos...)

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