How late after a hen goes broody can you put fertilized eggs under her?

Chicken Happy

Chirping
7 Years
Oct 6, 2012
346
21
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North Idaho
My broody hen sounds like Chewbacca from Star wars....kinda spooky. I have been wondering if I could get her to sit on eggs or if she would take day old chicks.
 

dynodon

In the Brooder
7 Years
Dec 7, 2012
52
4
30
Yes , you can put day old chicks under her .Just MAKE SURE you put them under her at night ,so they will imprint to her .If you just put them in the pen with her , the chicks wont know to go to her ,and she'll get upset that they dont act right ,and will sometimes peck them to death.It really does not matter how long she has been setting ,as long as it's been several days. Hens dont know how to count how many days they have been on the nest .It's the movement ,and peeping as the eggs hatch that signal her to leave the nest .Take the golf ball ,and eggs out ,when you put the chicks in ,so she wont stay on the nest ,waiting for them to hatch ..
 

dynodon

In the Brooder
7 Years
Dec 7, 2012
52
4
30
You can put eggs under her at almost any time ,after she has started setting .Just dont wait too long ,because when you put the eggs under her it will add 21 more days that she'll have to stay on the nest .. She should be fine ,sitting on the nest for a month ,or so .Just make sure that she has plenty of high quality feed , and water . She will only come off the nest once a day ,to eat ,poop ,and drink .The amount of time that she'll stay off the nest depends on the weather .She'll know how long it takes them to get too cool ,or hot and will react to the temp .I have raised hundreds ,of chickens .And the chicks that a hen hatches ,and raises till they are weaned are MUCH better chickens than you can raise ,from a hatchery under artifical conditions .Plus it is so much fun , watching her scratching , and teaching them what to eat etc.
 

pamonarch

Songster
Aug 19, 2017
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175
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Wellsboro, PA
You can put eggs under her at almost any time ,after she has started setting .Just dont wait too long ,because when you put the eggs under her it will add 21 more days that she'll have to stay on the nest .. She should be fine ,sitting on the nest for a month ,or so .Just make sure that she has plenty of high quality feed , and water . She will only come off the nest once a day ,to eat ,poop ,and drink .The amount of time that she'll stay off the nest depends on the weather .She'll know how long it takes them to get too cool ,or hot and will react to the temp .I have raised hundreds ,of chickens .And the chicks that a hen hatches ,and raises till they are weaned are MUCH better chickens than you can raise ,from a hatchery under artifical conditions .Plus it is so much fun , watching her scratching , and teaching them what to eat etc.
Ok...my BO went broody a few days ago..i got some fertile eggs from a friend's chickens..i took my Buff off the nest and she went over to eat and drink..i put the 5 eggs in the nest..just before ahe got in the nest she pooped alot and it was runny and had seeds in it..kind of pale orange/yellow in color...and it smelled horrible. .same smell when I picked her up off the nest...is this normal..
 

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