Saving eggs to put under broody hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Farmer22, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. Farmer22

    Farmer22 New Egg

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    Hi, i'm new to hatching my own eggs under a hen. I have purchased eggs before, but was wondering how am I supposed to save up enough eggs to put under a hen? How do I keep them fertile until then? Help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Put them in an egg carton in a cool place out of the sun. Turn them 3 or so times a day until you've got the amount of eggs you want your hen to hatch.

    Easy peasy, good luck!
     
  3. Farmer22

    Farmer22 New Egg

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    So about how long can you keep them like this? How is hatch rate? Thanks!
     
  4. Farmer22

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    I am still very confused about how to do this properly. Has anyone had experience doing this before? Thanks for the help!
     
  5. dickhorstman

    dickhorstman Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I gather eggs 2 or 3 times daily. If it is not too cold once a day is sufficient. I store these eggs in an egg carton, pointy end down. I set eggs in an incubator every 7 days. If you are using a hen as soon as you have the desired number of eggs place them under the hen. I do not like to hold eggs more than 7 days but you could hold them 14 days and still get a decent hatch. If I were using a hen I would move her away from the other birds so they do not bother her or try to lay in her nest. Moving a setting hen in the dark seems to work better.
     
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  6. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    ^ :thumbsup
     

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