More broody girls!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by nine9d, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. nine9d

    nine9d Songster

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    So, I have 2 hens that are laying on some fertile eggs right now that I bought. I now ALSO have 2 other hens that are now broody as well. Would it be o.k. if I took some eggs out from under my original broodies to give to the others to hatch even though they are mid-way through? Thank you.
     
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Well I'd break a couple but that's up to you..
     
  3. nine9d

    nine9d Songster

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    Yeah, I hear you there. But I was asking could it be done without messing up the hatch on the eggs. Thank you.
     
  4. Shadrach

    Shadrach Roosterist

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    I wouldn't.
    I would leave the eggs with the original mothers and discourage the more recent broodies.
     
  5. nine9d

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    O.k. Thanks all. Anymore comments welcome. But for now. I'm going to lock them up! LOL
     
  6. Shezadandy

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    I wouldn't either - Broody hens go through a whole process and expect their chicks to hatch between day 19 and day 21. If the hens from the 2nd set of broodies had eggs hatch too early, that could spell very bad news for the chicks underneath her as she might not yet be receptive to chicks. So if you're not going to break any of the broodies, I would get fresh eggs for the 2nd wave.
     
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