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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pen, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. pen

    pen Chirping

    Mar 28, 2011
    I have 11 chickens, one rooster and 10 hens. If I notice one of the hens going broody this spring do I start collecting the eggs and keep them in an egg carton at room temperature until I move the broody hen away from the rest of the flock and then place 6 or 8 eggs under the broody hen at night? Ive been reading up on this but some of the answers are not clear cut. I really didnt think I would have to buy fertilized eggs if I have a rooster. How long can you keep the eggs before you place them under the broody hen and am I correct to keep them at room temperatures?

    Thanks for any advice!! Penny

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