how many eggs can i put under my broody hen?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by shawkins, May 28, 2010.

  1. shawkins

    shawkins Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a RIR that has gone broody. She's been sitting in the laying box for two days now (and not real happy when I collect eggs, i might add). I'd like to put her on some eggs but was wondering how many is too much? Can she sit on a dozen eggs?

    I'm going to separate her from the rest of the flock in a small cage with food water and a nest box (and eggs of course). What else should i do for the chicken mother to be?

    thanks,
     
  2. joe17

    joe17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2009
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    try a dozen. She will know (and so will you) when there is too many eggs.
     
  3. Blubrd

    Blubrd Out Of The Brooder

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    12 to 18. I've got 18 under my broody welsumer due in the next few days. Good luck.
     
  4. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Just watch to make sure she gets up now and then. One of my new broodies pooped on her eggs at first because she was forgetting to get up off the nest. Once i know they're getting up on their own, i don't worry. They just sometimes have a hard time remembering at first. Once a day is enough, but she'll probably get up twice a day.
     
  5. shawkins

    shawkins Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the advice. I am going to separate her today and put eggs under her. This is her first time and mine too, so I hope all goes well. I will let everyone know on the BYC msg board.

    thanks
     

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