My First Time Hatching Eggs... How Can I Get my Hen to Hatch Them

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by birdwrangler057, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello all,
    I really want to hatch some chicks, but I don't want to get an incubator. The chickens I want to breed are EE's. None of my hens are broody, is there a way to get them to sit on the eggs when they're aren't? Thanks! :D
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    No, you can't make a hen sit on eggs when she's not broody, and you can't make a he go broody, either. Some breeds never will.

    You're better off getting an incubator to hatch your own or buying chicks if you want them at a certain time. A hen hatches whenever her hormones tell her to, she won't do it on your schedule.
     
  3. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    If I wanted to hatch some eggs, I would buy me a few hatching hens, Game hens, Silkies and the likes are known to brood a lot. I set 72 hens a year ago, most of that 72 was game hens, some game hens set 3 and 4 times through the year. I have had RIR hens for about 20 years steady, but never over 2 years old----never had a broody from them. Some breeds rarely go broody, but my old English game hatched me 100's and 100's.
     
  4. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So there isn't a way to get non-broody hens to hatch eggs? The problem with that is, I don't have enough space for more hens. You are right about RIR's, mine have never gone broody in the 3 years of their lives, neither have my BR's. I do have a JG and a BO who both go broody around August, but I want to hatch before summer. I do have three EE's (one is my rooster) which I've had for a year, they haven't gone broody yet. Any more advice?
     
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    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah I knew all that, but I was just wondering if i could change "natures course" . Lol

    I have asked this question before, but what is the cheapest most reliable incubator to buy? Thanks for the feedback!
     
  6. Pyxis

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    "Cheapest" and "most reliable" don't really tend to go together, lol. I'd look at Hovabators or the Incuview to get a good incubator and those are on the less expensive side of the reliable incubator spectrum.

    May I ask, if you don't have room for more birds, what are your plans for the ones you hatch? I wouldn't hatch at all unless you can keep them if you somehow end up stuck with them all.
     
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    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I'll look at those. I have room for young hens in the back of my current coop, I just don't have room for more adult hens. I also plan on selling the chicks, I know few people who want some. :D
     
  9. PD-Riverman

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    I feel I have encouraged some hens to go broody by leaving a nest of eggs----I use the real looking fake ones. Might have went broody if I had not left the eggs???? You can give it a try!! Good Luck
     
  10. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Huh, I think I'll just go ahead and save up for an incubator.
     

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