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Ordering chicks today and getting a bator, question!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gritsar, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I am going to order my spring chicks today and I'm getting a bator this week.

    Given these facts, how long should it take for my current hens to go broody? [​IMG]
     
  2. carriehelene

    carriehelene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, if your chickens do the same as mine did, it will be exactly 7 days after you set the eggs [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. Mandalina

    Mandalina Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i am betting 10days:lol:
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    When it happens I'll be even more convinced that chickens were put on this earth for the sole purpose of driving me insane. Not that it's a long drive, but still. [​IMG]
     
  5. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Are you ordering chicks or eggs? If you want it's okay to take them out of the bator and put them under a broody. Why not.
     
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    If you set enough eggs in the bator that you could switch to a hen if she went broody, 22, maybe 23 days. If you set too many eggs to get them all under her, less than a week.

    Out of curiosity, which bator you getting?
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    A wonderful friend is sending me a bator.
    I plan an order of 12 chicks from Ideal in early May.
    Really, my broody-challenged hens are just waiting for the chance to mess with me. Need to be offering more bread I guess. [​IMG]
     
  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I can laugh, because that's EXACTLY what I did. And you know what? I hatched out my eggs 12 1/2 weeks ago and I still don't have a broody! But hatching is fun too. It would just be nice to not have to do the heat lamp thing.


    I tell you, the only way WE are going to get a broody is when we have no more room for chickens.
     
  9. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    As soon as they see the mail man with the incubator..they'll go broody.
    Its Murphys Broody Law....
     
  10. the Pollo Loco

    the Pollo Loco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:aint that the truth!!! oh I just like your new avatar!!!
     

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