Using a broody hen for a incubator?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by IslandCrow, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. IslandCrow

    IslandCrow Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok so had two hens decide that they would lay in the same laying box, one layed about 4 days before the other so naturally one brought off before the other. In-between the hatching I came into a few Sizzle eggs from a friend so I took and placed them near hen B that is still sitting on her original set she accepted them now in a few days im expecting her to bring her first set off so the question at hand is, what should be done here? The two hens still share the one box with no fighting and seeming take turns carrying the chicks in and out the box for food/water so im wondering if after B hen's eggs hatches will she continue to sit on the sizzle eggs or leave them to die or should I take all the chicks once they hatch and let A hen care for them in a seperate coops while B hen sits or...AHHH!!

    Wall of text..So sorry.
     
  2. RedPyleLady

    RedPyleLady Out Of The Brooder

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    momma hens will get off the nest every now and again for food and water so the egg is left cool for a little while (im sure you know this im getting to a point trust me lol). So I would keep an eye on her for a few days. now if she doesnt sit on the egg i wouldnt panic because they are cool for a little while every day anyways so if thats the case put it under the other hen :) I wouldnt take the chick and raise them yourself because she might not sit on the last egg once her babies or gone, i dont know that for sure, but thats what i would do. If the other hen is still sitting, put the egg under her :)
     

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