How many eggs to put under a Broody Dominique??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by steffpeck, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    I have 15 eggs to put either under a Broody or in the incubator, how many can I safefully put under the broody?
     
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    When our Dominique hen went broody it was with 5 eggs. Unfortunately, she lost interest after a couple days, so we gave them to our Jersey Black Giant hen.

    (And that is the only criticism I have of our adorable Abigail Adams. Since then she hasn't gone broody at all.)

    Is this her first time to go broody? A smaller number might be better for a first time mama hen.
     
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2008
  3. Rogue_Woman

    Rogue_Woman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a good question...I don't know how many eggs anyone else's hens will set, but mine always knock them out of the nest until they're down to 6-8 eggs. I have RIRs and Black sex-links that brood.
     
  4. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    I think she may have already gotten disinterested. [​IMG]
     
  5. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    steffpeck, what is up with your Dominique hen? Is she back at the nest or completely off?
     
  6. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    Nope, she is completely off. Didn't last very long. Like 2 hours maybe. [​IMG]
     

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