lyndy53

In the Brooder
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Apr 30, 2009
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I've been incubating some eggs and one of my hens has finally decided to sit, can I put some of the eggs I've been incubating under her? Will she accept them when they hatch?
 

Goose and Fig

Grateful Geese
10 Years
Apr 19, 2009
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Take a few eggs and see if she wants them. I'd keep a couple in the bator until you're sure. If she's going to set- sneak the rest under- preferrably at night. If she hatches them, she will most likely accept them. Make sure you don't give her more eggs than she can handle. Also- give her a sheltered place that other hens won't be able to lay in her nest.
 

Dirt Road

Songster
11 Years
Nov 9, 2008
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How far along are the eggs you are incubating? The hen will have to be broody for more than a few days in order to accept chicks as a rule. A few don't seem to care, but most will have to have been broody for a couple of weeks.

Jim
 

lyndy53

In the Brooder
10 Years
Apr 30, 2009
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They're due to hatch next Thursday, she's been sitting for about a week
 

Dirt Road

Songster
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If you are going to be brooding some chicks anyway, I'd suggest you just keep the eggs you've already started, and give the hen a few fresh eggs to deal with. Especially if it is a first time hen you really don't know how she would react. Just my opinion.

Jim
 

lyndy53

In the Brooder
10 Years
Apr 30, 2009
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of the five eggs I put under my hen 4 hatched 1 died and the other 3 are thriving, she's a fearsome mom and very protective
 

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