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rhode island red hens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by fathead, Jan 7, 2016.

  1. fathead

    fathead New Egg

    Aug 16, 2015
    South Carolina
    I was told rhode island reds ars good layers but won't hatch the eggs is this true? I have a incubator but don't have the room for the other eggs what should I do?
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    No chicken will hatch your eggs at YOUR WILL.. You have to wait for a chicken to go broody before she decides to sit on eggs. RIR may not be at the top of broody hens. White leghorns are even worse at it then RIR. Some of the best surrogate moms come from the Cochin family. Silkies also do well, but are limited due to their bantam size. Orpington are good also, as other breeds as well. If your incubator wont handle your quantity of eggs, You have 2 choices. Get another or larger incubator. OR Eat all the extra eggs. Your chickens will lay more when you need them.
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator

    Agreed. I have commercial layers that never go broody, but l have a mutt bird that goes broody all the time. She lays poorly cos of the broodiness but I keep specifically for sitting and raising chicks - she does a mighty fine job of that. Oh, and she's the alpha hen so it's a double bonus in terms of her looking after her chicks.

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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    agree with Cavemanrich. Do you have a rooster? If not none of the eggs will be fertile and won't hatch no matter what you do with them.
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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