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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cricket92283, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. cricket92283

    cricket92283 Hatching

    Dec 22, 2013
    I am new to raising chickens . I bought my first chickens today . they are leghorns I got six hens 7 weeks old . I need any and all advice on everything ! I want to raise my own eggs and wanted to have some chicks later on but I was told they don't lay on their eggs . so how can I get chicks from my chickens ? I don't want to have to buy more and an incubator is expensive .
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2013

  2. BrickWall Honey

    BrickWall Honey Chirping

    Oct 24, 2013
    Accomac, Va.
    Welcome in,

    You can always check around in your area, there are folks, clubs, etc that will loan out an incubator or add your eggs to theirs. Standard Leghorns have had so much tinkering/improving them as mass producing eggs that your chances of a hen going broody for you are slim but not impossible. You might think about adding a broody breed hen that will hatch for you, what Rooster breed to you have?
  3. petrel

    petrel Chats with Chickens

    Welcome to BYC. You've come to the right place!
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. You can add several hens from a broody breed to set on your leghorn eggs, also by the way - you will need a rooster.
  5. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow Welcome to BYC and Happy Holidays!

  7. cricket92283

    cricket92283 Hatching

    Dec 22, 2013
    the same kind leghorn . so how do you get a hen to lay on another hens eggs ?
  8. Welcome aboard ..... [​IMG]

    You also need a rooster who will do his job just to start .....
    you really do not need to buy an incubator when you can
    always make one and if you go to the learning center
    ya just might find what you are looking fore there and older
    hens are the better brooders or a Silky hen is a great sitter ...

    gander007 [​IMG]
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] lots of people get silkies because they frequently go broody and want to hatch eggs. You can take their eggs away and put fertile eggs of any breed under them instead. They will hatch and raise them as their own. The hen has to be broody at the time - you cant force them to do it

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