How many eggs can you put under a broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 1WildHairL8tr, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. 1WildHairL8tr

    1WildHairL8tr Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there a rule of thumb?
    I have 30 eggs coming (only ordered 18) and I have two broodies.
    I thought 9 under each would be okay, but 15? I think: crushed mess.
    Time to buy an incubator?
    Thanks,
    Cathi
     
  2. Chicken_Lover4567

    Chicken_Lover4567 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, in my opinion it all depends on what type of broody hen, and what type of eggs. What are the breed of chicks inside the eggs? And what breed to their "momma" ?
     
  3. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
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    I'd have to say it would have to be what size of hen you have and what size of eggs they are. I have a silkie hen she is very small but so are the eggs under her they are silkie eggs she has about 8 under her and even tho she is small she fits all 8 perfectly under her with no problem! I think she likes having more eggs this time then the 4 eggs she had last time!
     
  4. 1WildHairL8tr

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    Sorry, I should have posted that information!

    The broodies are both Buff Orps.

    The eggs are all supposed to be Standard Cochins.

    Thanks,
    Cathi
     
  5. Chicken_Lover4567

    Chicken_Lover4567 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think theyt MIGHT be able to fit 15 eggs. I was just reading about Buff Orps and Cochins. Cochins eggs are medium size, Buff Orps eggs are large. So she might be able to fit 15.
     
  6. BantyHugger

    BantyHugger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't count your eggs before they arrive. The PO plays baseball with FRAGILE packages. I think your BOs can handle whatever comes. [​IMG]
     
  7. 1WildHairL8tr

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    WOW! That would be great.

    One is a big girl -- and she looks even bigger because she's all puffed up right now.

    I'm assuming she will organize the eggs as she sees fit?

    DUMB QUESTIONS, BUT, I CAN'T HELP MYSELF!!!: How will I know there are too many eggs under her? They won't be covered? She kicks some out? Will she stack them?

    Thanks,
    Cathi
     
  8. 1WildHairL8tr

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    Banty~
    You're exactly right.
    I hadn't even thought about that, but you are right.
    I know they sent 30 eggs, but I don't know how many will actually arrive safely.
    Here I am all worked up and about to spend big money on a bator that I probably won't even need.
    Of course, I could always order more eggs....
     
  9. 1WildHairL8tr

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    Well, I got 30 eggs in the mail yesterday! Two were crushed -- thanks Mr. Postman for tossing the box over my 6ft. gate.

    So, I am down to one broody. I have picked out 15 eggs for her to lay on.

    How long can I keep the other 15 eggs? Can I just hang on to them in case another goes broody or should I just make an omelet?

    I'm so excited! Can't wait to see more fluffy-butted cochins bouncing around!!!
     

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