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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AceOfSpadesJJ, Jun 5, 2012.
how many eggs can 1 hen sit on to hatch
As many as she can cover comfortably. Mine usually goes for 12, but I've heard of hens sitting on up to 18.
does it matter what the age is of the hen, like if it is the first brood
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.
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.