Is it a bad idea to put eggs about to hatch under a broody hen??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by riverman, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. riverman

    riverman Chirping

    Dec 15, 2010
    Central Tx
    So I've got a real broody hen, and 3 eggs in the bator that are 23 days old. I float-tested them and they're rockin and rollin, bout to hatch at any second! I really want this hen to experience the hatch, and she's been layin on eggs in my backroom coop for a couple days now by herself and is really into brooding.

    Would it be a bad idea to put those 3 eggs under her and let them hatch naturally?

    Need advice quick before they pip!

  2. Chickie'sMoma

    Chickie'sMoma Songster

    Mar 21, 2009
    Rochester, NH
    i don't see any reason not to give the hen the eggs! as long as she is dedicated to them the last couple days!

    i guess i have never heard of 'float' testing the eggs. could you explain?
  3. riverman

    riverman Chirping

    Dec 15, 2010
    Central Tx
    Ok cool, I'm glad you gave me a little backing mama, I really want to!

    There's a great thread on Float-testing somewhere on BYC. When eggs are past the 21 day mark and haven't hatched, you can set them in a container of water(100 degrees) and tell if there viable eggs, never developed, or died earlier in development.

    If the egg is floating with about 15% of the egg out of the water then its a viable egg.

    If it sinks, never developed.

    If it floats high(45% or more) died earlier on.
  4. Buugette

    Buugette [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Cra

    May 26, 2009
    Bucks County, PA
    I would give her the eggs... she will be so happy.

  5. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

    Apr 25, 2010
    Northern WI
    My broodies been sitting for 8 days, but her 2 eggs are on day 18 [​IMG]

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