How many is too many?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by fatbassetvineyards, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. fatbassetvineyards

    fatbassetvineyards Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought I lost my blue orpington, but I found her with 18 eggs under the travel trailer! I have always used my incubator so the broody hen is new to me. I just candled two to see how far along and it looks about 8-9 days. Anything I should be doing for her, eggs, ect? 18 seems like so many but should I candle them all and get rid of the bad ones? She was not happy with me looking, please let me know.
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  2. fatsu

    fatsu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She'll be fine just make sure her nest is well protected from predators. You could candle them at the risk of a few pecks. They've been doing it a lot longer than we have though so I'd just let her set it out.
     
  3. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats to the expected mama hen. I'd make sure it's predator proof and give her her own water and food. Since she's under the travel trailer maybe you could wrap the bottom in wire. Also that way when she's done raising her brood you can use the fence to keep them from making a nest under there again.
     
  4. fatsu

    fatsu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its been 3 weeks how did things turn out?
     
  5. fatbassetvineyards

    fatbassetvineyards Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Henrietta hatched 13 very cute chicks. All are doing well. She is an excellent mom. This is the first time I have had a hen raise chicks. I think I am more nervous than her. They are in a chicken tractor. Thank you for asking. I am trying to picture I took on my iPad.
     
  6. fatbassetvineyards

    fatbassetvineyards Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Congratulations ! ! So sweet !

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  8. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome!!!!
     
  9. TMG s

    TMG s New Egg

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    ooh lully, you have a proper mixture there, looks like she wasn't the only one laying under the trailer lol
     
  10. fatsu

    fatsu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome conrgrats to you and the new momma. :D
     

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