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

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by JenniferCNY, May 31, 2017.

  1. JenniferCNY

    JenniferCNY Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2016
    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?
  2. Top Rooster

    Top Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2015
    North East Oklahoma
    I had the same problem but I found out over a week and a half would be pushing it. Within a week is a safe time period that she will most likely hatch
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    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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