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Its a contest..broody hen or incubator - who will get the best hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by thepetpaw, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. thepetpaw

    thepetpaw Songster

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    Here is the story

    I have a broody hen day 3 - with 14 eggs

    I have an incubator - day 3 - 30 eggs

    Which will get the best hatch rate...any bets?
     

  2. Corey NC

    Corey NC Songster

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    Hands down broody will win. Unless you have a sportsman broddy is the best.
     
  3. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Depends what type of incubator,also what kind of eggs. (shipped eggs) chicken, turkey,or quail.
     
  4. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

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    depends; broody hens are GREAT mothers, but the incubator may be a good one, and plus the hen has less eggs, so maybe more will hatch from the bator than the hen. Good Luck! [​IMG]
     
  5. keljonma

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    Too many unknown variables to say...

    But I DO know that the broody hen will do a much better job of raising those chicks! [​IMG]
     
  6. thepetpaw

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    OK - here are the variables

    broody hen - 14 fresh local eggs

    incubator - genesis 1588 with auto egg turner - 30 shipped eggs from dipsy doo (18 frizzle and 12 silkie)

    I am not betting on which one hatches the most - just which one gets the best hatch rate...percentage wise.

    Broody hen - very very broody - she doesnt leave that nest hardly at all - maybe 10 minutes - 15 at the most per day. I try to hand her food and - she will not take it - she is all work - no play!!!!

    Too bad we cant hire people that will work as hard as her!!! She doesnt even complain about heat, late working conditions, lunch breaks, shes a trooper!
     
  7. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    Assuming all eggs, both batches are fertile, the broody hen.
     

  8. CindyS

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    broody hen, If the incubator had eggs from the same source, and were hand turned, I would think it would be a tie, because the genisis is a good incubator. But since it has shipped eggs, in a turner, definatly the broody.
     

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