what do i do with the real eggs until the hen goes broody????????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickenobsessed, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. chickenobsessed

    chickenobsessed Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 21, 2012
    What do i do with the real eggs until my hens goes broody?????
    should i put them in an incubator or what????
  2. chicklover16

    chicklover16 queen of flirts

    Jun 3, 2011
    Em's Dungeon
    The whole point of using a broody is so that you don't have to use an incubator. Are you a girl? if you are a girl there is a really easy method but I can't tell it to you until I am sure you are a girl. if you aren't a girl than do you have a heating pad or a heated blanket? you could try wrapping the eggs in one of those. good luck!
  3. the_great_snag

    the_great_snag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Staples, Minnesota
    Most hens will wait until they have a clutch of eggs before they begin brooding (incubating) them. Eggs will keep for quite a while before the hen actually gets around to incubating them.

    The previous poster is right in that you should do nothing. Let the hen accumulate her eggs so nature can kick in.
  4. chickenobsessed

    chickenobsessed Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 21, 2012
    i am a boy but u can still tell me the method and the post below said that i dont need a heating pad because eggs will last a while until she goes broody, so i think i will just leave them in the nesting box and then i wont have to worry about keep them warm or anything where the hen can do it herself...........thanks for all the help guys/girls i really needed to know that because i want to hatch some very soon. [​IMG]

  5. mikecnorthwest

    mikecnorthwest Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    My Coop
    I seem to remember something about a woman who put the eggs in her bosom to keep them warm. Perhaps that is the girl secret. Apparently a lot of women need to keep their iPhones warm as that seems to be a popular place to store your cell phone these days.
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  6. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

    Apr 1, 2007
    N. Carolina
    Keep the eggs in an egg carton inside the house up to 10 days. Don't put them in the fridge. If the hen's still not broody by day 10, discard the eggs and start over with fresh eggs.
  7. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    If you are waiting for a hen to go broody, you could be waiting a long time - until way after the eggs are rotten. I wouldn't save any eggs in the hopes a hen will go broody. Just having broody breeds doesn't guarantee a broody hen either. I've had two BO's for three years who have never gone broody, while my BSL, who shouldn't even consider it, went broody last August - when temps were in the triple digits for the entire time she was sitting.

    Go ahead and eat your eggs. When you have a broody, then is the time to think about saving eggs for her.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2012
  8. ForgottenGlen

    ForgottenGlen Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2011
    Raeford, NC
    Mike, iphones actually have very sensitive mechanics and are prone to breakage with severe temperature changes, such as: stepping out of a hot car/club and into the cool night air. Therefore women "protect" their iphones by keeping them warm. This is why men's phones break more often than the lady's. [​IMG]

    I don't know about eggs though... I've kept 5 phones warm before, but never tried eggs.
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  9. whitejerabias

    whitejerabias Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 6, 2011
    I like to keep my car keys warm that way too. But be forewarned, it's not the best method for warming paper cash. Humidity can accumulate.
  10. ForgottenGlen

    ForgottenGlen Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2011
    Raeford, NC
    [​IMG] Once I lost my credit card... then I changed into my pjs and found it!!!
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2012

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