Let chickens be moms.

cafarmgirl

Crowing
10 Years
Mar 24, 2009
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California, central valley
It's only going to happen if you have a rooster and if any of your hens go reliably broody and stay that way long enough to hatch the eggs. Not all hens do and you can't make them. I have hens who toy with the idea and will sit on eggs, for 2 or 3 days, then they give up. I've only had a few who would sit reliably until the eggs hatched.
 

goldiethehen

In the Brooder
6 Years
Apr 23, 2013
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I'm not sure what you mean by "recommendations" but i have to say, its a lot easier to have a chicken hatch her own chicks than hatch them yourself!
 

EdwardG

Chirping
8 Years
Jul 7, 2012
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Missouri
Yes we do have roosters, hopefully nature will kick in on our birds
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gimmie birdies

Free Ranging
8 Years
Feb 12, 2013
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If the hen is into it it is best to let them do the work. I have a duck on 14 eggs currently. it is her 1st year and she seems like she is determined.
 

goldiethehen

In the Brooder
6 Years
Apr 23, 2013
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You can't just put eggs under her and expect her to take them. You must wait until she is broody. A broody hen will sit on the nest all day, getting up only once or twice to eat and drink. To make sure she is broody, wait a couple days, and see if she stays on the nest. Then u can give her the eggs.
P.s. how old r the hens? In my experience, they don't become broody until almost a year after they start laying eggs.
 

goldiethehen

In the Brooder
6 Years
Apr 23, 2013
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Also, if you have silkies, I would expect them to become broody first. They make excellent mamas.
Just saw that someone already mentioned broodiness. Oh well.
 

EdwardG

Chirping
8 Years
Jul 7, 2012
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Missouri
You can't just put eggs under her and expect her to take them. You must wait until she is broody. A broody hen will sit on the nest all day, getting up only once or twice to eat and drink. To make sure she is broody, wait a couple days, and see if she stays on the nest. Then u can give her the eggs.
P.s. how old r the hens? In my experience, they don't become broody until almost a year after they start laying eggs

I know that. They will be a year in June, but they are laying good, we will keep an eye on them to see if they get "broody"
 

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