~What would you do???~

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 1mommahen, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

    Mar 20, 2008
    NJ
    My blrw eggs that I won on eggbid came today. They were shipped last Monday (2/9). [​IMG]

    The oldest egg when shipped was 3 days old. I have since put 4 blrw eggs from buzzard chick under her on Saturday (2/14). [​IMG]

    Do I put these 6 eggs that came today under her or not! [​IMG]

    Thanks for all the help! BYC is the best![​IMG]
     
  2. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    I would not. They will be at least 3 days behind the others, and chances are momma will leave them when the others hatch. Do you have an incubator?

    (Also, you may wish to let the new eggs sit out at room temp and rest until tonight before setting.)
     
  3. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

    Mar 20, 2008
    NJ
    No incubator. And they are resting now on the counter.
     
  4. daisychick

    daisychick Incubator Tetris Master Consultant

    Feb 8, 2009
    Colorado
    Do you know anyone who has an incubator you could borrow...it would be a shame to waste the eggs. Too bad you don't have another broody hen huh...[​IMG]
     
  5. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

    Mar 20, 2008
    NJ
    No one close has an incubator. What is the worst that could happen if I put them under her with the other eggs??
     
  6. ntiveheart

    ntiveheart Chillin' With My Peeps

    i'd put 'em under your broody and keep a fanatical watch over the eggs when it gets to be day 20-21 with the first batch. you can remove the first eggs, when they start to pip, into a homemade hatcher ( you have lots of time to rig something up and get it temperature stable ) and pray that mama will continue to set the second batch.
    or.......if they hatch under mama, remove the first ones to a brooder immediately, and keep your fingers crossed!
     
  7. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

    Mar 20, 2008
    NJ
    Thanks, nheart. That's what I was thinking as long as it can't hurt the other eggs. I think I'll give it a try and get my DH to build a 'bator of sorts before hatching time. I'll keep you posted.[​IMG]
     
  8. daisychick

    daisychick Incubator Tetris Master Consultant

    Feb 8, 2009
    Colorado
    Quote:Well you could put the eggs under her and then when the ones under her hatch you could take the babies and hope that she stays sitting on the new eggs for 3 more days. So you would have to brood the first hatchlings so she wouldn't leave eggs behind in the nest.

    I am no expert at all but it is just an idea.
     
  9. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    You could mark them and put them under her for now. Then either try to get an incubator, or hope another hen goes broody to move them to. I had a hen once leave the nest with 3 eggs that had only 3 days to go. I put them in a cage with a heat lamp and all 3 hatched. If you give them to the broody now, you have some time to come up with another plan......[​IMG]
     
  10. okiehen

    okiehen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 25, 2007
    Oklahoma
    Where do you have your hen setting? What kind of set up etc.?
    I would set them and as the other good peeps said be prepared.
     

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