Questions about hatching with a broody hen....

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by islandchick75, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. islandchick75

    islandchick75 Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2013
    In a few months i plan to let one of my hens hatch some eggs for the first time, and I am wondering about a few things:

    - is it okay to hatch eggs from a different breed? (i don't have a rooster, so plan on buying fertile eggs; she won't abandon the chicks if they are a different breed?)
    - how many eggs can i put under her? (she is a buff orpington)
    - i plan on separating her from the flock, but is it possible to put her back in with the flock once the chicks are a little older? (is there danger of them getting pecked to death by the other hens?)

  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 5, 2007
    No she won't abandon them
    as far as how many eggs depending on the size of the egg. I would say any where from 10 to 16 eggs.
    There probably will be some pecking that is usaully how it is when you introduce new birds or reintroduce.

    Good luck[​IMG]
  3. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 12, 2013
    Eastern WA
    mark the eggs you want her to sit on and remove any other eggs. It is cute to see a hen sitting on 40 eggs but most would go bad and could wreck the chicks trying to hatch.

    when the chicks start to hatch , I take away the chicks until all the ones she is siting on the nest hatch. when chicks start to hatch the mom wants to leave the nest to find food and may walk away from unhatched egg. don't worry about the bond. I gave a broody 2 week old chicks that were not hers and all bonded fine.
  4. islandchick75

    islandchick75 Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2013
    Thanks for the info, I learn so much from this forum. I look forward to watching them hatch!

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