Why incubate when broody hens will do it for you?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by karlamaria, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know lots of folks use incubators, is this because they do not have broody hens? Seems mine go broody non stop lol. Wish I had some fertile eggs to go under her,I will be buying some come spring so my broody girl can finally be a mama !
     
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  2. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    i do it because i dont have broody hens and i love to see them hatch!!
     
  3. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Question, what do you all do with all these chicks you hatch out? Eat them, sell them? I mean you can only incubate so many and your stuck with loads of chickens .
     
  4. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    i give them away for free if there mix breeds or cockrels. and sell my pure breed pullets. and keep a few pullets
     
  5. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    good reason to use a incubator.

    1. broody hens setting or raising chicks DON'T Lay.....in case of show birds or chicken to hatch you can hatch more when she start laying again.

    2. I get better hatch rate with my incubator than a broody hen.
     
  6. shellyga

    shellyga Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I have a broody hen.. I use her.. at other times (and the same time as I am a hatchaholic) I incubate.

    As for what I do with all the chicks.. I keep some, sell some, and give a few away.

    Shelly
     
  7. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    I don't like using broodies, maybe its just my hens but they always seen to get the chicks killed somehow. Either by killing them themselves or something of the like.
     
  8. MamaMarcy

    MamaMarcy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I enjoy incubating (hobby). I do have a broody duck sitting on 10 eggs right now. I'm wishing I hadn;t let her sit on a clutch cause she'd still be laying if she wasn't (I sell her eggs and we eat them)

    The chicks...I sell some, give some away, keep some. I can't imagine eating a chick for the simple reason they are so small, but in our yard they are pets and not food although we do eat the eggs. [​IMG]
     
  9. MamaMarcy

    MamaMarcy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And yes, chicken is my favorite kind of meat [​IMG] I just don't eat my own. [​IMG]
     
  10. littlecreekfarm

    littlecreekfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    because sometimes i don't have a broody. And plus if your selling the chicks it's less stress on the hen to take her chicks away(trust me i had some turkey poults and we took them away from momma and we had them in a box about 5 feet up and she got in there with them and i had one in my lap and she jumoed up in my lap trust it's madness). and you can hatch more in an incubator.
     

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