Thanks. Ill check Craig's listCraigslist is a good place to check for local hatching eggs if you don’t have any luck here. It’s ok for your hen to sit without fertile eggs for a few days, she’ll still sit the whole incubation period once you give her fertile eggs.
Hahaa..My broody hen had already been sitting on a ceramic egg for about 2 weeks when the shipped fertile eggs finally arrived. She kept sitting for the additional 21 days and hatched the chicks! Of course by then 2 more coop mates joined the broody group, all 3 hens taking care of the eggs and then the chicks. I didn't know they'd do that! Chicks are now 6 weeks old and everyone's happy. Especially me. So cute
I got 6 Porcelain D'uccle eggs off of Ebay (but they sent 7). 2 were non-fertile, 1 quit about day 7, 4 went full term but one of those died partially hatched. So, I ended up with 3 healthy chicks...looks like 2 girls & 1 boy to me. The hens are a Buff Orpington, a Silkie and a Pyncheon bantam, all really good mothers. I also have 1 Barnevelder but she's not interested in being broody or the babies and not the best layer yet, only about 3 eggs a week; sometimes goes 6 days without laying. Oh well, she's young - 10 months.My broodies usually lay for the first couple of days of broodiness and then stop. Your other hens could be laying in her nest when you’re not looking, too.
What kind did you get? Babies are always exciting.