If I buy fertile eggs will my hens hatch them?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by freshegg, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. freshegg

    freshegg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only have 8 hens no roo but was wondering if I bought eggs what is the odds one of my hens will just sit on them and hatch them? I dont have a broody but would they somehow just know they are fertile? A girl at work says she did this, did she just get lucky?
     
  2. IloveTravis

    IloveTravis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have an easter egg filled with clay in one of our nesting boxes, and our girls have been fighting for the position!
    I'm guessing if my ladies are sitting for easter eggs, then yours will sit for real eggs.
    Best of luck to you [​IMG]
     
  3. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    I think she got lucky.. .. the hen won't "know" the eggs are fertile. You don't need a roo for a hen to go broody. Broodiness is a hormonal change the hen goes through.
     
  4. freshegg

    freshegg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well thats 1 and 1, I only mentioned broody because I didnt know if they are not broody will they sit, I know it happens with or without a roo. I,ll have to find some free or cheap eggs since I dont have a bator and its just a experiment.
     
  5. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    If they aren't broody, they won't sit on a nest almost non-stop for 21 days. A broody only gets off the nest once a day to eat, drink, dust bathe and poo. Normally a non-broody hen is out and about except for the time it takes to lay an egg. Big difference!
     
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  6. hollybird

    hollybird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i think it depends on the hen. some breeds go broody easily. i have a hen more than 10 years old and anytime she gets more that 3 eggs she won't let them go and gets parked. put in some fake eggs or roundish rocks and see if they want to set. if after a couple of days they are still sitting they will probably stay put.
     
  7. BantyHugger

    BantyHugger Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Ponder
    If yours goes broody feel free to slip her a couple fertile eggs. We sold some eggs to a friend at a work to eat. Well, she had a crippled hen that was broody all the time. She slipped her some eggs and got some chicks. I don't think your friend was just 'lucky' esp. if she knew the eggs were fertile. Mine only go broody in the spring. Get a few fake eggs and see if their interested in setting.
     
  8. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some broodies that just won't quit, but if yours aren't broody, odds are they won't become broody just because they see some eggs in a nest. I have had hens that would, though. I'd put in some fake eggs or golf balls and leave them for a few days, and see if anybody's interested. If not, it's a waste of eggs.
     
  9. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    I have a white leghorn bantam that goes bananas every day when I take the eggs out of the nest, so I decided to leave one in there for her and see what she'd do. Well, she did nothing...so definitely put something in there and see if she'll set before you spend the money on eggs.
     
  10. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    It's been my experience that a hen has to be broody before she'll set. If you have silkies or other bantam breeds, your chances are good you'll have a broody before you know it!
     

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