Placing week old incubator eggs under recently broody hen?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicken2010, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. chicken2010

    chicken2010 In the Brooder

    Feb 1, 2010
    Hi all,
    Just wanted to ask if anyone has tried this? as I have 5 eggs that have been in the incubator for a week and a half and would like to place them under my hen which just became broody today and was wondering whether it'll work as she'll only have to sit on them for another week and a half so will she notice and reject the chicks if they hatch? and how would I switch the eggs she's currently got underneath her?
  2. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    I did this with a broody last October. She went broody and the eggs in the bator had just barely 7 days to go before hatching. She hatched and raised them [​IMG] Did not seem to worry her that she only sat for 7 days [​IMG]
  3. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Songster

    Oct 16, 2009
    I have taken eggs and given them to a newly broody hen at various stages of their incubation.

    Your hens can't count or they would probably be very pleased by sitting for less than 21 days.

  4. chicken2010

    chicken2010 In the Brooder

    Feb 1, 2010
    ooo ok, thanks for the answers [​IMG]
  5. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Songster

    Do the switch @ night.

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