Incubator vs. National Hatching

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenDesigner, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. chickenDesigner

    chickenDesigner New Egg

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    I have 4 Cochin hens that are actively laying. They were hatched in an incubator. I was told that seeing that they were incubator hatched, they would not set on their own eggs. Is this true? I am wanting to let them try since I heard Cochins are great setters. Thank you for any advice.
     
  2. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

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    How they were hatched has nothing to do with broody tendencies. Some breeds tend to be broodier than others but that is still not a guarantee. You will just have to wait and see. I have a cochin who has never set but she has offspring who have gone broody. Just depends on the bird. Good luck.
     
  3. chickenDesigner

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    Thank you for this information. I'm just learning about "brooding" and I am going to start watching for this. I read about marking the eggs... watching for the ruffled feathers. I have 4 laying in one box so it will be hard for one to set on her own eggs. Yes there is 4 nesting boxes but they insist on laying in the same spot.
     
  4. DanEP

    DanEP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hatched a silver laced cochin bantam in my brinsea that went broody twice a year. Well I hatched 5 in that batch and 1 was broody twice a year, 1 once a year and 3 not at all.
     
  5. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

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    You will find there is always a "favorite" nest box. Sometimes which box it is changes, but generally you will find most like one box.
     

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