Moving from Broody to Incubator... What to do?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Jmurcks, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. Jmurcks

    Jmurcks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all...
    I have three broody hens that I want to break... they are sitting on 25 fertile eggs. Bless their hearts, they are going on two months of broodiness!
    One egg has hatched yesterday and the hens stole two eggs today so the eggs are spanned about a month.

    I want to break my hens and I don't want to waste the eggs. Esp. since they have been sitting on them and they are developing. Don't want to kill baby chicks!!
    I was going to put them all in the incubator but here is the problem...
    At 18 days you stop turning the eggs. I have no clue which eggs are further along (yes, I can candle them but I am not trained enough to know exactly how far along they are).
    If I remove the egg turner and turn them manually every day (or is it twice a day?) would it hurt the 18+ day eggs to be turned?

    I am so unsure how to go about this!!
    Thanks for all the help!!
     
  2. Jmurcks

    Jmurcks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anyone ever attempted this or am I better off to just wait 21 more days?
    Thanks!
     
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Keep turning all eggs until you see a pip (little crack on the shell), then stop. Increase humidity a bit and hope for a good hatch. Good luck!
     

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