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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

    Jul 27, 2008
    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

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
    Hands down broody will win. Unless you have a sportsman broddy is the best.
  3. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    Depends what type of incubator,also what kind of eggs. (shipped eggs) chicken, turkey,or quail.
  4. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
    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

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    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

    thepetpaw Songster

    Jul 27, 2008
    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

    CindyS Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    Geneseo, Illinois
    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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