Where do I look for beginner hatch information

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jazzpurr, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. jazzpurr

    jazzpurr Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a dozen Buff Orpingtons that I absolutely love.
    They are 23 weeks old.
    I am averaging 9 eggs a day now and they
    are terrific to watch and easy to take care of.

    So iv'e caught the hatch bug. I would love to have a next-gen
    of these particular Orpingtons.

    1. Where do I get ONE Orpington Rooster?

    2. I don't want him chasing the hens around all day long
    and cutting down on my egg production. Do I let him have a big day with
    the hens and then separate them after that?

    3. Will one hen sit on multiple eggs and go broody so I can let the
    others keep laying?

    I have NO idea what I'm getting into so any help would be
    wonderful.

    TIA
     
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    You can try craigslist for a roo. I sold a bunch on there

    Its good to let him stay with them. He will protect the flock of any predators. You cna seperate if you like to.

    You can add multiple eggs under a broody if you like. I have an incubator just incase she breaks her broodiness
     
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Yes you can definitely set multiple eggs under a broody. I have hatched 17 chicks from my bator, and have set 5 hens with 11, 15, 13, 10, and 8 eggs under them! They just started off laying so well, if I had waited for them to start setting, they would have had about 20 eggs each!! I don't think any of my hens, save one, have had their own eggs to hatch!!
     
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2008

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