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Switching chicks from incubator to broody???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lareynadenada, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. lareynadenada

    lareynadenada Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 bantam broodys sitting on eggs (together) They are due to hatch on monday,,,,,My bator is due on wednesday

    My question is can I put chicks under mama that hatch from bator or just keep them separate?
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    You can add chicks from the incubator hatch to the ones with the broodies, but they may reject them. How many eggs are your hens sitting on?
    What I would do in your circumstance is let one of the broodies take whatever chicks they hatch between them. Keep the remaining broody sitting on any unhatched eggs and wait for the incubator chicks to hatch and then slip them under her at night while she's sleepy.
     
  3. lareynadenada

    lareynadenada Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much what a great idea!
     

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