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PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:29 pm 
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Hey everyone,
So I’ve got 8 barnevelder hens and 2 roosters. 1 rooster is getting on with age so I don’t know 100% if he is still fertile this season or not. I’m not looking at breeding them for me as I live in town and probably already pushing it by having roosters. I’d feel bad selling somebody fertile eggs if 1 of the boys is blowing duds. I’ve got my mums old incubator but it’s been so long since I’ve used it I don’t even remember how it works. I wasn’t sure if I should maybe look at getting a silkie or something to raise chicks rather then incubate eggs. I’m just so confused on what to do. Any suggestions? Or even breeds that will go broody easy. Or even how to try get one of my girls to go broody.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:18 pm 
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Hens do a much better job than an incubator but you're on their timetable. Is timing of hatches important to you or are you prepared to wait till a broody is ready?

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:06 pm 
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Timing isn’t a problem, I just don’t want to start selling eggs as fertile until I know that the boys are doing their job. I’ve been hoping one of my barnies would go broody but so far no luck.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:38 pm 
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hi there,
I find I can bring on broodiness every time I want them too by feeding mashes of poultry supreme crumble,water,eggs,vitamin powder,seaweed meal powder and oats, and I give them large crickets,raw meat and mealworms if I do this,within about 10 days I will have broodies.an influx of protein and vitamins will bring it on.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:39 am 
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Missveedub wrote:
Timing isn’t a problem, I just don’t want to start selling eggs as fertile until I know that the boys are doing their job. I’ve been hoping one of my barnies would go broody but so far no luck.

Why don't you crack open a few eggs and check if they are fertile? Should have a 'bullseye' if fertile


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:37 am 
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Why not just crank up the old bator? Check for bulls eyes first.
What sort is it? We can help if you have no instructions.
If one of your hens does go broody you can transfer the eggs or she can adopt the chicks.


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