How many days apart setting eggs under broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ThiefPouter06, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. ThiefPouter06

    ThiefPouter06 Songster

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    How many days can I gather eggs and set under a broody for the same hatch? Or is it best to collect the eggs and set them all at once later? I have a broody that is finally on setting tight but I am only collecting eggs from two hens. I had more but my brahma proved to big and crushed the eggs.
     
  2. MamaMarcy

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    You want to gather eggs and store away from the broody, then place them l under her at the same time. Placing them under on different days will result in a staggered hatch and she'll possibly abandon the ones due to hatch later.

    In "the wild" a hen lays an eggs them imemdiately leaves it to cool. She'll return to lay the next day, leave it to cool, and so on until she has a clutch of X-number of eggs.....she then will sit on them all at once to warm them at the same time, and all will begin developing at the same time. They stay dormant until she begins sitting on them for a prolonged period.

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