Hens hatching ordered eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kdolly87, Jan 5, 2015.

  1. kdolly87

    kdolly87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just out of curiosity, can my chicks when they're older hatch eggs I buy online? Or do they know when it's not their own egg?
     
  2. PirocaKeeper

    PirocaKeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They should as long as they go broody. Some chickens never go broody. Also eggs that are shipped may have a lower hatching rate, sometimes. I have never have a chicken reject an egg once they are broody, their instinct takes over and they will accept any egg, pretty straight forward. When the time comes, if you are attempting to add eggs while she is in the nest. Add the eggs from behind the hen, some of the hens become very protective and if she tries to peck on you, she will not break the egg by accident.
     
  3. kdolly87

    kdolly87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I've been thinking about adding to my flock since the breeder I bought from seems to have sent me the wrong type of pullet and it may be a cockerel instead!
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    What breed/s do you have now and what breed are you considering?

    Your plan can work if you wait for a hen to go broody and immediately find eggs to buy. You could get the eggs under her within a week of her going broody so that can work.

    Some breeds are much more likely to want to raise a family.
    In order of tendency for broody habit - silkies, cochins, dorking, Java, Marans, Chantecler, Penedesenca, Brahma, Orpington, Araucana, Sussex.

    Making the nest warm, dark and comfy with a few fake eggs in it will help encourage her.
     
  5. kdolly87

    kdolly87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The breeds I know for sure I have is one wyandotte and one orpington. One looks like a Wyandotte mix and the other looks most like a black australorp which was supposed to be an easter egger.
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    The orp may go broody. Half the orps I had went broody, the others never did.
    Aorps can go broody too but probably not more reliably than orps.
     
  7. kdolly87

    kdolly87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm also fairly certain my australorp is a boy! Forgot to mention that. But thank you for the info!!!

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