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Which is safer - incubator or hen?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by callieisspooky, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. callieisspooky

    callieisspooky Songster

    Jul 18, 2012
    Carmel Valley, CA
    If you had six eggs or fewer to hatch, would you incubate them or put them under a broody if you had both options? Trying to decide which will give the eggs a better chance. They are on day 17.
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    I'd keep them in an incubator. In an incubator, you can keep the humidity and temperature at the proper levels. With a hen, you would run the risk of her leaving the eggs, attacking the chicks when they hatch, or destroying the eggs. This isn't to say that a mother hen isn't a good mother, but an incubator allows you to control more variables.
  3. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Crowing 5 Years

    Feb 12, 2013
    Eastern WA
    Momma hens don't worry if a chick is not hatching fast enough and decide to "help" the chick hatch. so, 6 in one hand, 1/2 dozen in the other.[​IMG]

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