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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:07 am 
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Hi,
So I decided to get some eggs for my broody Belgian D'Uccle Bantam hen.
We decided to get some lavender araucana eggs for her. The thing is- she's pretty tiny. I bought 6 eggs. put them all down and she wiggled them under her. once she'd settled one was poking out so I took it off her. so now she's sitting on 5 eggs- but i'm a bit worried that it could still be too many, especially still in the cooler months? So my question is - how do I know if they're well covered or not?
This is our first time with a broody- and her first time too. :) The kids and I are excited. I've read a lot but we're definitely still learning as we go!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:01 pm 
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I've had a small bantam sitting on 6 duck eggs (80gram eggs) and she hatched all 6. I'd say your girl will cope with the 5 chicken eggs. If you can't see them then I'd say it's ok.

Keep an eye on her for mites. Dust her with mite powder if there's any sign of them. Broody hens are favourite targets of mites.

Good luck with the hatch! :)

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:09 pm 
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Here she is (rear view) sitting on the ducklings, who are probably about 3 weeks old in this pic.

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Make sure she has enough nesting material to make a deep nest with strong sides. She will shuffle the eggs to ensure that they all hold temp.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:21 pm 
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Thanks so much. She seems to be managing the 5 eggs well. She rushed out for a dust bath the other day so I powdered her after she finished before she went back in. and i think the bedding is ok.
She's been getting off for a decent stretch and something to eat every afternoon but it was freezing cold and wet today and she wasn't going to budge except for a super quick trip off in the morning. I fed and watered her by hand in her coop. hopefully spring comes back again soon! :)

Penny,

PS. your hen with the ducklings is very cute. I love ducks! :)


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