help with a broody hen..very new to it

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hippyeggco, Mar 29, 2015.

  1. hippyeggco

    hippyeggco New Egg

    1
    0
    7
    Mar 24, 2015
    hello,
    i'm looking for a bit of help and advice ... I have got a white Wyandotte bantam sitting on 6 eggs, she has been on them for 4/5 days, she is in a very large dog crate in a nest box with food and water but the dog crate is inside the pen with the other hens and cock.
    I am wanting to mover her and put her on her own...is it best to do it in the dark at night time?
    Also I want to remove the eggs she's sitting on and put some larger eggs underneath her..what is the best way of doing this?
    Thankyou in advance
     
  2. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

    5,721
    623
    331
    Feb 12, 2013
    Eastern WA
    I don't like to move them, they either go bat to where they like or they stop being broody, what I have done is mark the ones I want her to have with a pencil x remove any other eggs you don't want her to hatch.. a bantam- no more than 9 full sized eggs, a reg hen no more than 12 I say this because it is the best heat. It may be cute to see hen sit on 40 eggs but you end up wasting most, and they just get gross.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by