max number of eggs under a broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by spoolin, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. spoolin

    spoolin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what's the maximum number of eggs you are to put under a broody hen?
     
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  2. spoolin

    spoolin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    anyone....
     
  3. spoolin

    spoolin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how many should i put?.......
    thank you
     
  4. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know anything about this, but maybe you should change the thread title to "max number of eggs under a broody?" or something like that... perhaps it will give you more hits. I clicked because I was curious what the title meant, but I wouldn't have guess your question until I clicked into the thread.
     
  5. horsegirl

    horsegirl Out Of The Brooder

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    It depends.

    Do you have a bantam or a regular size chicken...

    For bantams I usually put under around 8 eggs, for full size chickens 12-15. With those numbers I tend to have a good hatch, occasionally there will be a hen that is a bad mommy, but that is not neccessarily because of the number of eggs.

    Hope this answers your question!
     
  6. spoolin

    spoolin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a standard size breed.
     
  7. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    See how many will fit. I've heard of standards hatching up to 15 chicks. See what she'll tolerate & go with that. I'd guess 8-10 at most.
     
  8. ghulst

    ghulst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    15 is usally a good number.
     
  9. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    I have found, even with a good-sized hen, that 8-10 seems like a right fit. You don't want them moving around a lot trying to shuffle too many eggs to make them fit. I put 10 under the first time and two got damaged by a claw.

    Second time, a different broody, 10 eggs.....2 got damaged by a claw.

    Eight is just about right, it seems.
     
  10. Brickman House

    Brickman House Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have heavy breeds, and generally put 10-12 under.

    It seems as if too many more don't get covered as well.
     

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