Incubated eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lyndy53, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. lyndy53

    lyndy53 In the Brooder

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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?
     
  2. jqs birds

    jqs birds Songster

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    She will except any egg you put under her and hatch them just fine. [​IMG]
     
  3. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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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.
     
  4. Dirt Road

    Dirt Road Songster

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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
     
  5. lyndy53

    lyndy53 In the Brooder

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    They're due to hatch next Thursday, she's been sitting for about a week
     
  6. Dirt Road

    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
     
  7. lyndy53

    lyndy53 In the Brooder

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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
     
  8. gocrow77

    gocrow77 Crow's Nest

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    [​IMG] Congrats!
     

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