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How many eggs should I put under my broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by stefmech, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. stefmech

    stefmech Out Of The Brooder

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    May 19, 2008
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    I have a brown leghorn that went broody last week. And yes she really is broody. She has been faithfully sitting on her unfertilized eggs for a week - 24/7. I just purchased some fertilized eggs from a neighbor. My broody is a medium sized hen. How many eggs could she comfortable sit on.
     
  2. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    I'd put about 8 under her. I have 2 Black Copper hens sharing one nest and they are on 19 bantam eggs. I could have put a few more but wnated to be on the safe side.
     
  3. LoriAS

    LoriAS Out Of The Brooder

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    So, if you have a hen that is broody...I think I have a couple...You can just let them conduct the incubation process?

    I wonder if it would be any less nerve-wracking?

    I have my hens at my SIL's barn at the moment, because I had to take custody of them before their coop was completed. I hope to have them here in about another week to 10 days then I think I will have to research this a bit more. I believe they would do a good job with the eggs as I have at least 2 that are continuously sitting on the eggs when I go to check for them!
     
  4. stefmech

    stefmech Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:LoriAS - just make sure they really are broody - sitting on eggs 24/7 - not even getting off to roost at night. If they are, you can slip fertilized eggs under them at night.

    I would love more opinions on how many you think I could put under my medium sized hen.
     
  5. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Eight is a good number for a med. sized standard hen.
     

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