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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jermoatc, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. jermoatc

    jermoatc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have my first broody. I bought her some fertile eggs to hatch. They should arrive today or tomorrow. Im assuming i just stick them in the nest and let her do her thing. Anything else i should be doing that I dont know about?
     
  2. Crabella

    Crabella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would let them sit on your counter overnight before putting them under the hen. Let them settle a bit.
     
  3. chickensinwasillaAK

    chickensinwasillaAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    also put them under her in the evening when it's dark, she will be more accepting in the evening
     
  4. quibs

    quibs Out Of The Brooder

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    I always put a little piece of tape or something on the egg so I know which ones are hatching too

    I have a lot of other hens that end up sneaking eggs into the pile
     
  5. Frizzle Farmer

    Frizzle Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would let them sit out for 12-24 hours to settle. mark them with a pencil, and put them around her, kind of just under her feathers. Let her pull them under her and place them were she wants them. Good luck!
     
  6. jermoatc

    jermoatc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the input. I would have never thought to let them "settle". I appreciate the feedback. She has been broody now for 1.5 weeks. Any chance she would "break" early?
     
  7. jfulcher

    jfulcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read from another byc'er that during summer you DON'T want them to settle overnight in case they started developing in this warm weather... Just food for thought....
     
  8. matlock585

    matlock585 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm wondering if that isn't what happened with my asst. bantys. I've still got 9/14 developing good.
     
  9. cmom

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    Quote:I agree. Some eggs I have let settle and others I haven't. My hatch rates were pretty much equal. I would definitely mark the eggs. Good luck and have fun!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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