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Is a half day of heat too long to pull eggs to collect for a broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Schrebergaertner, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. Schrebergaertner

    Schrebergaertner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We've decided to do our first batch the natural way and have a BO that is clearly broody. We want to pick certain eggs for her to set from 3-4 days worth from our 15 hens. I've read that we should keep them at room temp and tilt them twice a day until we have the full batch ready. However, she's been sitting on almost everyone's eggs (9) since this morning, and we just now pulled them (4:30 pm). Is it too late to use these? Does 4-8 hours of heat start the embryo development going, and cause trouble if we pull them out of the heat now?

    Thanks very much! Don
     
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    I don't know if those few hours will make a difference or not. Personally, I'd just let her hatch out the nine eggs. I don't know how many you were planning on giving her, but you don't want to give her so many that she can't adequately cover them all, either. I had a broody BO last fall that had 13 eggs. That was a pretty good-sized clutch for her. (Unfortunately I tried moving her and the nest and it didn't end well, but I did notice that most of the eggs had started to develop.) Good luck!
     
  3. Schrebergaertner

    Schrebergaertner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! It's not that we want more than 9, in fact, that's probably about the right number. The issue is which 9 (or 10). We're looking for some interesting color combinations. Our roo is a Welsummer, and we have BOs, RIRs, EEs, a Dom and a Wellie hen. We figure it'll take about 3 days to get 9 or 10 of the right ones.
     

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