Mist Eggs Under Broody Hen?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by thechickonthehill, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. thechickonthehill

    thechickonthehill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 8 eggs under my first broody hen and have been obsessively reading trying to make sure I don't do anything wrong. In addition to BYC threads on the subject, I have checked out several books from the library. One of the books says that if your broody hen is in a nest box (which mine is) instead of a nest on the dirt, that on days 17, 18, and 19 you should mist the eggs to make sure they have enough moisture to hatch. Does anyone do this?[​IMG]
     
  2. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    No. The hen will take care of the eggs herself. At least in my experience, and we have had several successful hatches.
     
  3. thechickonthehill

    thechickonthehill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the quick answer. Its so nice to have people around who have done this before.[​IMG]
     
  4. WiseChicks

    WiseChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    make sure you have a pan of water in the coop area. If you watch your hens, they will go "wade" in the water when they are off the nest eating and drinking.

    I had no idea until about my 4th hatch, and just happened to catch it one day when I was feeding them.

    katie
     

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