Transferring already started eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by saranbensmom, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. saranbensmom

    saranbensmom Songster

    Aug 16, 2008
    My broody hen has 11 "unauthorized" eggs. I want to put "authorized" eggs under her and put her eggs in the bator. Is this tabou? Will the "unauthorized" eggs have a chance? I don't want to DC them, just get MY eggs under the hen - not MY eggs, but the ones I bought [​IMG]

    oh, and if I do this, should I change all at once or a few at a time?
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2008
  2. MamaDragon

    MamaDragon Songster

    Aug 4, 2008
    Camden, AR
    From what I've read on this board.....

    Depending on what kind of hen has gone broody, she can sit and raise between 6 and 18 eggs. How long has she been sitting the "unauthorized" eggs?

    One option is to let her sit on her original eggs until day 16 or so, incubate the purchased ones up to that same point and then swap them around. She ends up hatching out the "authorized eggs", and you hatch out in the incubator the "unauthorized" ones.

    You can swap them out now as well, and let nature take it's course. Choice is yours.

    Watch for when Mama gets off the nest to eat, and swap out the eggs in the nest for the ones you want her to sit. Make sure she doesn't see you messing around the nest, or she may come running back and refuse to accept the new eggs. She still might reject the new eggs, because they don't smell right, but it's worth a try. Just make sure you bring the "authorized eggs" up to room temp or slightly warmer.

    I found out the hard way, that after hatched-out day two, the hen won't accept any new chicks, and have ended up raising three chicks by hand in the house.

    Good Luck!!
  3. saranbensmom

    saranbensmom Songster

    Aug 16, 2008
    Thank you! On your last, I did find a game hen at the flea market that came with 2 chicks - I'd say about 2 wks old. She took in 5 chicks that I had bought elsewhere....she's definitely my #1 broody now because of that, but she has decided her job is done for the season. I have another game hen that I use as a brooder (who is also done) that will set on any egg I give her as long as it's not green! I wonder what's in her mind on that one....
    Thanks again!

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