Incubator free Hatching?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sunnibunny99, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. sunnibunny99

    sunnibunny99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you HAVE to have an incubator to hatch chicks? Or can it be done the old fashioned way with the chicken incubating the egg? [​IMG]

    We heard it had been bred out of them!


    We're thinking we have a rooster and when they're older, we would like too breed...

    But MOM doesn't want to get an incubator and use all the energy an incubator requires when she thinks the hens can incubate their own eggs!


    Any answers on this? [​IMG] The pullets and/or roo(s) are getting older, now at two months!


    Thanks!

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  2. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Yes, hens can still incubate eggs. Just throw them under a Silkie or two and in 21 days.... Viola! You've got chicks.
     
  3. vickie2133

    vickie2133 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hens can still go broody and hatch their own out. Alot of us are just addicted to the hatching and can't wait.
     
  4. sunnibunny99

    sunnibunny99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Why a silkie?
     
  5. sunnibunny99

    sunnibunny99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your quick responses!


    By the way, how long does it take in an incubator?
     
  6. SunnyChic

    SunnyChic Keep The Sunny Side Up

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    21 days [​IMG]
     
  7. pdsavage

    pdsavage Sussex Monarch

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  8. Buckguy20

    Buckguy20 OKIE MOSES

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    A Silkie is a breed of chicken that is know for going broody or "setting" on eggs.
    Some breeds won't ever go broody some will alot.
     
  9. sunnibunny99

    sunnibunny99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!
     
  10. SarahFair

    SarahFair Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So who has the better hatch rate?
    Incubator or Hen?
     

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