If eggs don't hatch can i replace eggs under broody hen?

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Well as the title states....... If all my eggs don't hatch can I stick some more under her and will she remain on them?

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Re: If eggs don't hatch can i replace eggs under broody hen?
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2011, 14:48 »
Hello Snakey,
If your hen has sat long enough to get to hatching point I would say that is long enough and she probably would not settle on new eggs if any of her clutch have hatched.  Brooding can take a lot out of a hen as they don't eat or drink enough while doing it.
If you want to hatch out some more eggs I suggest you wait until one of your other hens goes broody and let her start on a new clutch.
In the meantime good luck and keep us posted  :)
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Re: If eggs don't hatch can i replace eggs under broody hen?
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2011, 16:43 »
Thanks for that, just an anxious nervous chook owner

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Re: If eggs don't hatch can i replace eggs under broody hen?
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2011, 17:30 »
Good luck with your clutch.  We've all been at the nervous expectant chick-parent stage  :)

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Re: If eggs don't hatch can i replace eggs under broody hen?
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2011, 21:04 »
Ahh Bantam Novice it doesn't change however many years you do the whole chicken and egg thing!

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Re: If eggs don't hatch can i replace eggs under broody hen?
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2011, 08:20 »
Well as the title states....... If all my eggs don't hatch can I stick some more under her and will she remain on them?

If some of your eggs hatch she will need to look after the chicks! :)
Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted!!



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