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How many eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ozark_chickies, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. ozark_chickies

    ozark_chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all, new to posting on the boards. I've been hanging around, reading and soaking it all in. So now I have a question.

    My little duck-wing bantam is wanting to go broody, and I'm not sure she can sit on many eggs. How many should I give her? Do you think six would be a good number? I've been taking her eggs, and my little Sea-brights to put in my incubator, but I think it would be cool to have Veronica hatch some too! I have 20 eggs saved, and want to give her all she can handle. The rest I will put in the bator, probably Saturday.
     
  2. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    Try 6-8 eggs and go from there! I'm assuming you have a Roo in there with her? Bantams usually nmake great mothers! Good luck!

    Nate
     
  3. ozark_chickies

    ozark_chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We snuck out, and gave her my six newest eggs![​IMG] Three of hers, and three of Betty's. There are two Roos, that could be the father..Archey a seabright, or Jughead a duck-wing. 21 day's till more chickies!
     
  4. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    Well congrats! I set 2 dozen Barred Rock Eggs this evening! We can be hatching buddies! I ordered mine off Ebay. [​IMG]

    Again [​IMG] it can be quite an addiction!

    Nate
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    [​IMG] Welcome to the forum! [​IMG] Glad you joined us! [​IMG]

    Chickens and eggs come in different sizes so how many a hen can handle can be different. With eggs that size and her size, six should work out real well.

    It sounds like you may be fairly new to hatching chicks with a broody so I'll make a suggestion. If the other hens can get to her nest, mark the eggs you want her to hatch and check under her every day to remove any other eggs that might show up. I use a sharpie. You don't want her to get more eggs than she can keep warm.

    Good luck, congratulations, and again [​IMG]
     
  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Good luck with the hatch! I'm sure mama will do great and be so happy. [​IMG]
     
  8. ozark_chickies

    ozark_chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all for the welcome, and the enthusiasm!

    OkChickens it will be fun having a hatch buddy:), lots of luck on the barred rocks. They are pretty chickens. I have 19 two month old Dominique's.

    Ridgerunner, I'm not exactly new to broodies, just out of practice. Thanks for the tips. I had chickens as a kid, and again 20 years ago, so I'm just getting back into it. We started building our flock in April, and it's been so much fun. Kind of addictive.
     
  9. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

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