How to get eggs hatched?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by clucker, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. clucker

    clucker New Egg

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    I have just acquired 5 new hens Rhode Island my other ones would never sit. There is one who does sit and the Rooster seems to sit as well. I am very curious to know how long do they have to sit on the eggs before they hatch? Do they have to sit the entire day besides eating of course for the eggs to hatch? Can I candle a brown egg to see if they are growing or will the chicken then not sit anymore if I touch them? Seriously we are very new to this but would like to have our own babies any advice would be helpful.
     
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Eggs incubate for 21 days.

    RIR's are not known for their broodiness, are you sure you have a broody?

    You can candle on about day 7 to see if anything is developing.
     
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