how many eggs can a broody sit on

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by smokeyodie97, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. smokeyodie97

    smokeyodie97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am wondering cause she is about 6 or so inches from one side to the other and I want to put more eggs under her she is only on one egg.
     
  2. orionburn

    orionburn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many are you wanting to put under there? Our banty sat on 12 eggs and she's tiny. She did a good job of spreading herself out to cover them. Out of the 12 we had 8 hatch.

    There's one problem, though - you don't want to keep adding eggs. Do it all at once. There is a good chance momma will abandon the other eggs once one or two chicks hatch out.
     
  3. MiniBeesKnees

    MiniBeesKnees Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had a banty sit on 16, and hatch 13. One was infertile, a snake got one, and one didn't hatch.
     
  4. abqferreira

    abqferreira Out Of The Brooder

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    I am curious about what the answer to this post is as well. I just had one of our young Bantys go broody this week. I felt so sorry for her sitting on the dummy plastic egg that I went out and found her some fertile eggs. These are the biggest eggs I've ever seen, and I gave her 7 of them. They seem to be sticking out a bit on the sides- is that ok? I guess with the weather being so warm right now, it won't matter too much if she's not covering 100%, right? I don't want to give her too many and have them suffer as a result.
     

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