Want to help a hen to hatch duck eggs- which hen?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Eurekahens, May 19, 2012.

  1. Eurekahens

    Eurekahens Hatching

    May 9, 2012
    Northern California
    Hi there poultry keepers. I am totally new at chicken keeping (got a 1 year old set of hens- 3 Ameraucana and 1 Barred Plymouth Rock, about a month ago). They began laying right away and we just love them! We had a little problem with an ostracized hen, but you helped me through it. I have the opportunity to get some fertilized Miniature Silver Appleyard Ducks. I would love to see if one of the hens will hatch them. I have read all about the brooding box, the golf balls, the quiet and dark setting... but I'm not sure how I invite 1 hen? Do I pick one to work with? Do I expose all of them and see if I have takers? Do I set up a brooder very separate from the rest? The eggs should be available in the next day or two and I'd rather not do the incubator method if I can help it. Thanks!!
  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY

    Hate to tell you this but you cant make a hen go broody no matter what...They either go broody or dont..youll have to wait it out...If you see one of your hens hunkered down for a good two days...id suspect you have a broody...

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