Mathilda (my broody) quit on the job... no what?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Godiva, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. Godiva

    Godiva Songster

    May 17, 2007
    Mathilda had some hormonal issues and ended up tossing the golf balls out of the nest in a huff and has since gone to rejoin the other biddies!!! I now have 6 too many eggs to put under the other broody, Ruth. I have another batch of eggs already started in the incubator - Mathilda's lot were not supposed to hatch in there! I am wondering if I can just turn off the automatic turner when we get near to hatching time and then try to catch little ones as they pip and put them under the hen that is hatching on the same day (12 hours earlier) I am hoping she will hatch enough of the eggs under her early enough that I can slip in eggs from the bator as soon as she has room? Does that make sense? What do you think? Otherwise I am stuck with a staggered hatch and I don't know what the heck to do.... advice or ideas very welcome!
  2. Jessika

    Jessika Songster

    May 31, 2008
    Eagle Creek, OR
    I don't know but I will bump it back up for you. Good luck!
  3. Featherland

    Featherland Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    You could try doing that. It would be better than losing them now.

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