How long is safe to keep a broody hen before giving her fertile eggs

JenniferCNY

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My 14 month old BO went broody yesterday for the first time. We don't have a rooster so I am looking to get fertile eggs to give her to hatch. Assuming she doesn't break her broodiness herself, how long can I wait before giving her eggs to sit on?
 

bobbi-j

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I wouldn't go over a week. Sometimes after the average 21-day incubation period, their instincts tell them to get off the nest, whether anything has hatched or not. In my opinion, the sooner you can get her eggs the better.
 

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