How long do the sit on eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CarlaS, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. CarlaS

    CarlaS Out Of The Brooder

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    My RIR hen layed her 1st egg today. I'm super excited. How long will it be before her chicks hatch?
     
  2. CarlaS

    CarlaS Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm really excited. Anyone else breed their own chickens?
     
  3. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im planning on breeding my own ducks, does that count? And it takes 21 days for a chicken egg to hatch. If you are wanting her to sit on it I would not get your hopes up. Rirs dont like to sit.
     
  4. EvyCrystal

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    Hi there [​IMG] and that awesome news, I got about 3 of my own RIRs but they never got broody D: You're RIR may only just lay eggs, she may not sit on it for it to hatch sadly. Which is what Incubators are for! I been breeding and hatching out chicks, just right now I got about 16 chicks from my coop |D There so many of them LOL!
    Now that I think about it I never seen my RIR get broody, they only lay eggs in the nest for me to pick up. Do you have a rooster?
     
  5. CarlaS

    CarlaS Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes I do have a rooster and 1 of my hens in the same pen. This is her 1st day and we saw an egg and she has been sitting on her nest all day.
     
  6. EvyCrystal

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    oh awesome [​IMG] maybe she'll lay on it, it take about 3 weeks. But keep a close eye sometimes a hen will appear to be laying on her egg than the next she'll just leave it. it be a good idea to mark the egg to like the date on it :3 that a great way to keep track! I use a blue highlighter to mark dates when the egg was first lay. I use a incubator when my hen are not broody but when they are I just give them eggs to care for, I had my one Mex hen (4 eggs) and a buff hen (5 eggs). Than I had another of my mex hen who wanted to lay too and she kept sitting next to one of those hen |D I would have my Buff and her sitting in the same nest. But they didn't mind each other. Those eggs just hatch which they added in to the 16 group of chicks I have right now LOL. I would love to leave the chicks with the hens, but they most likely die, from the other hens trying to kill them or they fall in the water and drown T_T; There always something so I'm playing it safe and have them all together inside in their warm box <3 !
    Besides I like being mother hen <3 <3 and I want my babies to grow up nice and strong!
     
  7. 10 point

    10 point country boy

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    Quote:I hate to burst your bubble but RIR are bread not to be broody your better off with an incubator or a different breed. I have wyandottes and Orpington's
    of them 2/4 wyandottes go broody and 2/3 orpingtons go broody.

    good luck with your hatches [​IMG] I hope they go well for you
     
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  8. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I hate to burst your bubble but RIR are bread not to be broody your better off with an incubator or a different breed. I have wyandottes and Orpington's
    of them 2/4 wyandottes go broody and 2/3 orpingtons go broody.

    good luck with your hatches [​IMG] I hope they go well for you

    What do you mean burts my bubble? Im agreeing with you. Lol
     
  9. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    Quote:I hate to burst your bubble but RIR are bread not to be broody your better off with an incubator or a different breed. I have wyandottes and Orpington's
    of them 2/4 wyandottes go broody and 2/3 orpingtons go broody.

    good luck with your hatches [​IMG] I hope they go well for you

    What do you mean burts my bubble? Im agreeing with you. Lol

    I meant to agree with you and burst his bubble
     
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  10. Lisa0318

    Lisa0318 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, i have silkies as my brooders, they are excellent for that job they will hatch out any eggs no matter if they are theres or not [​IMG]
     

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