Incubator broken, day 20!

frantzypants

In the Brooder
Apr 16, 2020
10
41
36
Jackson, Mi
Hi there!

Still relatively new here, and I've had 7 eggs incubating the last 20 days, 3 of which continued development along the process. One bantam chick hatched earlier yesterday, and I still have 2 in the incubator (no pip yet). Alongside this, one of my Bantam hens went broody about 3 days ago - refusing to leave her nest... our incubator took a dive, and I'm somewhat in a last ditch effort here with the two other eggs -- should I see if my broody will take them? Bahhh I'm so sad right now and running out of options. 😔

Thanks in advance!
 

U_Stormcrow

Free Ranging
Jun 7, 2020
6,912
23,094
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North FL Panhandle Region / Wiregrass
Assuming you can't keep your incubator warm some other way, since you are in lockdown and don't need to turn them, there is Nothing to be lost by trying with the Broody to finish the job.

Worse to worse, you are no worse off than if you did nothing...

Sorry about your Incubator, move to plan B, and congrats on the Broody! Could use one myself.
 

ThaiDye

Songster
8 Years
Jul 8, 2012
196
15
136
So Cal
Hi there!

Still relatively new here, and I've had 7 eggs incubating the last 20 days, 3 of which continued development along the process. One bantam chick hatched earlier yesterday, and I still have 2 in the incubator (no pip yet). Alongside this, one of my Bantam hens went broody about 3 days ago - refusing to leave her nest... our incubator took a dive, and I'm somewhat in a last ditch effort here with the two other eggs -- should I see if my broody will take them? Bahhh I'm so sad right now and running out of options. 😔

Thanks in advance!
I would put the eggs and the chick under the broody if your incubator stopped working. Watch to see if she accepts the baby chick. If she does, she'll raise the babies for you. If not, have a safe place to keep the chick with a heat lamp so she can stay warm
 

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