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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Dr.Doorlock, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. Dr.Doorlock

    Dr.Doorlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, I have a broody hen who could probably hatch an egg or two. I have no rooster or incubator. I would like to buy some fertile eggs and let her hatch them.

    How long does it take?
    Does the Texas heat present any problems or does that just make it better?
    Would the chicks be safe or should I use my isolation cage?
    What should I do if I get a rooster? Since I'm a covert urban outlaw with 7 hens instead of the 2 allowed, I can't keep a noisy roo.
     
  2. catwalk

    catwalk Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2009
    Bad idea on the rooster. One complaint, and they might all have to go.
     
  3. 2txmedics

    2txmedics Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Manvel Texas
    woo hoo...hatch, he wants to hatch!!!...Im in texas also...heat does ok...I mist my flock to keep them cool, and I also freeze left over water bottles and then drop them in there water container. As chickens wont drink water 10 degrees hotter than them.

    Need a rooster for sure to make fertile eggs...once they mate, a hen can stay fertile for as long as month...and it takes 21 days to drop an egg out of her once she is laying...
     
  4. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    Dr.Doorlock :

    Okay, I have a broody hen who could probably hatch an egg or two. I have no rooster or incubator. I would like to buy some fertile eggs and let her hatch them.

    You can find eggs on the "hatching eggs" section here. You can also find them on ebay.
    Dr.Doorlock :

    How long does it take?

    It takes about 21 days for a broody to incubate the eggs to hatch.
    Dr.Doorlock :

    Does the Texas heat present any problems or does that just make it better?

    The broody hen will take care of the temperature for you... she knows exactly how to do it.
    Dr.Doorlock :

    Would the chicks be safe or should I use my isolation cage?

    I would sepatate the broody and the eggs from the other hens.
    Dr.Doorlock :

    What should I do if I get a rooster? Since I'm a covert urban outlaw with 7 hens instead of the 2 allowed, I can't keep a noisy roo.

    When you find out if any of the chicks are roos, post them on here to find them new homes. Maybe you could give them to 2tex! LOL!​
     
  5. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Dr. Doorlock! Welcome!

    You've gotten good answers already, but I wanted to add that given all the difficulties with shipped eggs, if it were me I'd buy local hatching eggs. To find them, you can check craigslist, search yahoo groups for poultry trading groups in your area, and/or search the farmer's markets & roadside stands for fertile eggs--anyone raising & selling eggs who also has a roo is likely to have fertile eggs even if they're not marked as such.

    Good luck!
     
  6. Eggs4Sale

    Eggs4Sale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2009
    How hot IS it in Texas right now? It's been in the 110's here, and broody hens end up sitting on eggs that don't develop at all due to the heat. I've done three experiments to figure this out, because my hens keep going broody.
     
  7. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    How hot IS it in Texas right now? It's been in the 110's here, and broody hens end up sitting on eggs that don't develop at all due to the heat. I've done three experiments to figure this out, because my hens keep going broody.

    Woo that's hot! Do you even need a hen? Couldn't you just keep the eggs in the shade and turn them.....Kiddin.​
     
  8. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Woo that's hot! Do you even need a hen? Couldn't you just keep the eggs in the shade and turn them.....Kiddin.

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    ~Cherlyn
     
  9. KDbeads

    KDbeads Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2009
    East Central VA
    Quote:Too freaking hot if the AC is broken! It's hitting upper 90's where I'm at this week but it's been unusually cloudy. Have thunderstorms popping all around us, but only 3/10" of rain in the last 4 weeks [​IMG] , keeping us a bit cooler, just not moist enough!
     

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