Putting eggs under a broody hen advice please

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Madclucker

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Putting eggs under a broody hen advice please
« on: April 15, 2011, 14:00 »
Hi all i have just aquired some eggs to place under my broody brown leghorn bantam, she is currently sitting on 3 x LF rubber eggs & 3 x bantam eggs, i intend to replace all the eggs for the 6 i have just acquired.

My question is do i just wait until she pops off the nest for a drink/feed and then swap them ?

Will she know somethings not quite the same and is there a risk of her abandoning the new eggs ?

Also the woman said the eggs had settled for 24hrs so they could go straight in an incubator etc, could someone please explain what this means.

Sorry about the multiple questions :unsure:

and thanks in advance

MC

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Madclucker

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Re: Putting eggs under a broody hen advice please
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2011, 15:52 »
Well i did a straight swap when she popped off the nest, she came back and after a slight reshuffle she settled straight back down.

Fingers crossed :D

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Re: Putting eggs under a broody hen advice please
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2011, 20:19 »
Good Luck, Madclucker, and keep us posted  :) 
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Re: Putting eggs under a broody hen advice please
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2011, 22:05 »
We've two broody Coucous de France; the first hen has been sitting for about a week. She stole the second Coucous' eggs, rolling them into her clutch. As I've marked her original eggs it was easy to to put them back under Coucou#2. There was a lot of huffing and puffing but she's settled quite happily. Whether Coucou#1 will leave her alone is a moot point..
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