Incubator vs Broody - Results

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ZuniBee, Feb 4, 2008.

  1. ZuniBee

    ZuniBee Songster

    May 8, 2007
    Zuni, Virginia
    Broody Wins hands down.....

    My hatch is complete. I started incubating two days before one of my RIR's went broody. I decided to let her sit on 9 eggs. I had 31 eggs in the bator of which 21 were shipped eggs.

    At Candle
    Incubator - 31 set - 25 growing
    Broody - 9 set - 9 growing

    Incubator - 25 growing - 9 hatched = 36%
    Broody - 9 growing - 9 hatched = 100%

    If I take the shipped eggs out of the equation and use only eggs from my hens I get the following:

    At Candle
    Incubator - 10 set - 9 growing
    Broody - 9 set - 9 growing

    Incubator - 9 growing - 5 hatched = 56%
    Broody - 9 growing - 9 hatched = 100%

    My broody kicked butt!

    She is now taking care of 18 chicks and every single one can get under her!
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Mother Nature sure knows her job. Too bad she isn't always so dependable or predictable. LOL

    I am itching to hatch!
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I love a broody, Jay. The good thing is that after you get all your more unusual stock built up through shipped eggs, you wont have to rely on those so much.
    What was the breakdown on what you ended up with from my eggs?
  4. ZuniBee

    ZuniBee Songster

    May 8, 2007
    Zuni, Virginia
    I just spent a while sitting out in the a patio chair set up so I can just sit! Too cool.....

    Who knows what shipped eggs go through. Yours were packed extremely well and arrived in great shape. They started growing but it seems like I lost them during the last couple of days..... Out of your eggs I ended up with 2 Ameraucanas, 1 orpington and 1 Barred Rock.




    Barred Rock (hopefully my br roo! I noticed tonight he sure stands like one)
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Well, the offer to be my tester in late spring still holds, Jay. I'm still not sure how many Orp pullets I have in the nursery, maybe two or three tops. I think two blacks and maybe, just maybe one blue. The splash is looking like a cockerel-very pink wattles at under five weeks old, darn it.
  6. RepoBob

    RepoBob Songster

    Nov 25, 2007
    Those are sooooo cool. I have 36 eggs in the bator. They are mostly orp. I hope mine are as nice as yours, they are beautiful.
    I already broke one of the gates to the pen from leaning on it and watching the birds to much, I'll have to get me a chair.
    Your study was very interesting. I would have expected the broody to do better, but no such a large spread. Sorry you lost some [​IMG]
  7. Picco

    Picco Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    Broodies do best! Unfortunately my only broodies died this past fall. I love the blue chick.

    The splash is looking like a cockerel-very pink wattles at under five weeks old, darn it.

    Splash roos are good to have around. The way the genetics work you will get 100% blue chicks from black mothers, or even buff mothers so you could really crank out some blue chicks that way.​
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I know, but I dont want to keep up another coop right now or I'd keep him. Oh, well, every single splash I've hatched in three different hatches, different breeders, has been a cockerel. I just wanted a splash pullet. [​IMG]
  9. BamaChicken

    BamaChicken Orpingtons Bama Style

    Nov 14, 2007
    Cute Cute. I love to be able to give a broody the chicks. They really do well when the weather is warm.
  10. jab91864

    jab91864 Songster

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    Congrats on the hatch and thanks for the break down. No matter what we think we know, hens do it best. Atleast at my house

    I brought a broody silkie into the house and she is now caring for the eggs she hatched (in the house she sat the whole 3 wks in the back bedroom) and the incubator babies as well. They can't all get under her so I have a brooding light hooked up.

    The incubator chicks are almost a week younger than the chicks she hatched but she guards them all fiercely. It's the first time I've ever used a broody and have to say I am really pleased with the results.

    The broody seems content and the chicks are doing great under her care. I love to see the chicks all gather round her and climb on top... still need to take more pics though!!

    Julie [​IMG]

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: