how long will broody sit???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sandracollins, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. sandracollins

    sandracollins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a buff orpington who is already sitting for 3 weeks on nothing ,a friend gave me 10 eggs and I put them under her yesterday and I am wondering will she sit long enough to hatch them ,anyone do this before ,what success?
     
  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Maybe- I had one broody for three months- or she might quit on day 17 of the eggs [​IMG]
     
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  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I had one broody for longer than that on nothing, then gave her some eggs and she set on them til they hatched and was a wonderful mother.

    Broodies will do what they do. You won't know til you try. Good luck!
     
  4. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    I'd have a back up incubator in case if I could. [​IMG]
     
  5. sandracollins

    sandracollins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Havent got an incubator but do have another broody that has only been sitting for a week she has two eggs under but they are not fertile ,I am hoping that one of them will sit for next 3 weeks but the second broody is a little pekin cross and the other hend keep pushing her out of the nest box and then I find her in a different one!!!!
     
  6. Ken F

    Ken F Out Of The Brooder

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    I had two pullets go broody in late October. After 3 weeks of trying to "break" them, I finally gave one of them eggs to sit on. Three weeks later, four chicks hatched and she has been a great mother for the past five weeks. The other hen finally got off her empty nest box when the chicks hatched and has been laying eggs again ever since.

    Good luck. It's a lot of fun.
     
  7. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Quote:I wonder if chicks are the magic cure... [​IMG]
     
  8. sandracollins

    sandracollins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went out this afternoon and she had moved to the next nestbox don't know how long she was there but the eggs felt quite cold do you think they will still hatch she is back on them and we were on day three
     
  9. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Quote:should be ok
     
  10. chknmomma

    chknmomma Out Of The Brooder

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    My hen was broody for 2 weeks before I put some eggs under her. She's now on day 11. Hopefully, we will make the full go of it. [​IMG]

    Can you put your hen in a separate pen or broody cage or some place where she won't get confused about which nest? I understand that can happen. I took mine out of the coop and made a special broody home (ie, prison). I think it helps her concentrate [​IMG]

    Good luck!
     

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