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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Picco, Jun 14, 2007.
I'm getting hatching eggs tomorrow. How many will fit under my bantam cochin hen?
I forgot to add that they are standard size eggs.
Wow, I would say, 4 maybe 5?? Depends on how badly she wants to set!
Maybe even more! I have a bantam cochin hen that just hatched 15 of her own eggs. I have another setting on 3 duck and 4 turkey eggs! There were 10 under one of the OEGB's!
I figure they know how many they can handle.
I was wondering what the outcome was. I searched this post in curiousity. My hen is on 5 of her own banty eggs and I keep second guessing the amount...like one will get left out in the cold...Tell me they will all be fine :aww
Quote:My banty hen was setting on 13 eggs this summer, which was the idea of my father. She only hatched 4 on her own. She had no trouble taking care of the 18 chicks total that she ended up with, but she couldn't hatch them all. Only 7 or 8 of the eggs were viable.
This hen only lays 7 eggs before going broody, so I would just go by that. They know how many they can sit. Unless you have some like my young hens that laid 26-30 eggs before going broody! That is way too many! I think I left them with 12 at most, and the most that one hen hatched was 7.
Thanks, Shelley. Good info. I knew someone would come back quick with an answer...this place is grrrr-eat
My hen is a silkie she is a small girl she has 11 under her all her own.