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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AceOfSpadesJJ, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. AceOfSpadesJJ

    AceOfSpadesJJ In the Brooder

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    how many eggs can 1 hen sit on to hatch
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité

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    As many as she can cover comfortably. Mine usually goes for 12, but I've heard of hens sitting on up to 18.
     
  3. AceOfSpadesJJ

    AceOfSpadesJJ In the Brooder

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    does it matter what the age is of the hen, like if it is the first brood[​IMG]
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité

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    If you leave her to pile up her eggs in the box she'll decide when she's ready to sit. I did this with 3 of my first timers, they sat on 12 eggs every time. I think that was the number they felt comfortable with.
     
  5. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Songster

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    I gave my broody 6 turkey eggs and by morning she had moved one of them about 2 feet away from her and was sitting on 5. I assumed the 6 eggs were too much and she was comfy with the 5. She's still on them now.
     

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