Questions about our broody Cochin

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by HopperVal, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. HopperVal

    HopperVal Out Of The Brooder

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    Our newest hen, Zoey has started laying on one egg yesterday and I had a couple questions.

    I know budgies lay an egg every other day, is it the same with chickens?

    When would you recommend candling the egg(s)?

    We built a brooding coop last year to keep our first round of babies in before they went to live with the chickens in the big coop, should I move her there so she wont be disturbed by the other hens or the rooster?

    If I do move her should I keep the rooster with her so the eggs will be fertilized? I don't know how long sperm can survive in a chicken but I saw them do the deed as recently as 2 or 3 days ago.

    And last but not least, should she be on a special diet while she's laying the eggs? How bout when she's sitting on them? She's on an organic layer pellet right now + free ranging.

    Thanks so much in advanced!
     
  2. HopperVal

    HopperVal Out Of The Brooder

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    Anybody have any input? :)
     

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