Incubating and Brooding Eggs Simultaneously

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bellzerz, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. bellzerz

    bellzerz Hatching

    Apr 13, 2015
    I have a broody who is sitting on a fertile clutch. At the same time, I have eggs in my incubator. I had to do it this way because I ended up with more fertile eggs than the broody could handle. They are due to hatch within a couple days of each other. I'm wondering how to get my broody to adopt the incubated eggs should any of them hatch. Any insight is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

  2. FarmerMac

    FarmerMac Chirping

    Dec 28, 2014
    I sometimes do this, I have never had a problem introducing the incubator babies to the hen. I place them under the hen at night and she thinks they are her babies. I done the same thing with turkeys but the turkey hens are more aggressive when you try to lift them and put the babies under them.
  3. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Crowing

    Jul 19, 2015
    Eastern Shore, MD
    I did this with my last hatch. I stuck them under them (two broodies co-mothering) at any time of day. I did this over the course of 10 days or so (staggered hatch due to others adding eggs to the nest) but that's as long as I could do it because the new babies couldn't keep up. They accepted every one without issue though.

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