With 6 days left could i move eggs from incubator to under a hen?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dsljim, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. dsljim

    dsljim Out Of The Brooder

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    Has anyone done this with success? I've had terrible luck with this incubator and wondering if this is at all possible? Thank You!
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Do you have a broody hen right now?
     
  3. dsljim

    dsljim Out Of The Brooder

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    I've got a few that scold me when I collect the eggs. Next question, how many eggs is normal for Rhode island reds to set on?
     
  4. audrey02026

    audrey02026 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just did that because I had a hen go broody and I wanted her to be able to be a momma. It was day 17 when I gave her the eggs she has a pip and peeping in one of the eggs not sure about the other. I only gave her two because she is very small (bantam cochin) also she is a first time broody. So far so good. You do need a broody though. I would leave eggs in the coop and see if the suspect stays on them for a day or two first to make sure....then watch carfully so you ca put back in bator if she doesn't.
     
  5. audrey02026

    audrey02026 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As for the number of eggs I gave my silkie 5 large eggs and it was no problem. For a RIR I would think she could sit on maybe a dozen without a problem. My silkie was pretty small I thought maybe only 4 then she took 3 of my other eggs so she was sitting on 7 I had to take them away because they were not fertile and gave her one more of my fertile eggs.
     

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