Is it still possible to lay eggs when the chicken has already hatched them for 5 days?

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Hello! Tell me, the chicken sat on duck eggs (6 pieces), has been sitting for 5 days. Can she put more chicken eggs now? (Anastasia)

Hello, Anastasia. If your chicken has finally shown the instinct of brooding, then you can still lay eggs. However, there are several important points to consider.

Amount allowed

A positive result and the possibility of normal incubation is possible only if the bird is sitting on the whole laying. That is, it can warm only a certain number of embryos. So, the hen can normally sit about 7-11 ducks and about 15 of its (chicken) eggs. The exact amount depends on the size of the female. It turns out that in your case, if the hen is large enough, you can still report no more than 5 pieces.

Incubation time

Also be sure to consider the time of incubation. Each species of bird has its own time interval. For example, incubation in ducks runs from 26 to 28 days, in chickens - 19-21 days. That is, if the hen already sits on the duck for 5 days and now you are laying chicken, then the time of hatching of the chicks will be about the same.

If you complement the clutch later, then it will be necessary to approximately determine the time of hatching of some and other chicks. If the duckling appears earlier, then this process should be kept in order to take the babies away from the hen in time. In this case, she will continue to hatch the rest.

General recommendations

Anastasia, I also want to draw your attention to the fact that incubation of duck eggs, unlike chickens, requires its own specific conditions. If you already had these poultry, then you probably should know that during the incubation the female regularly leaves the clutch and goes to splash in the water. This is a very important factor, as the embryos of waterfowl need increased humidity.

In your case, you will need to regularly remove the chicken from the clutch and sprinkle duck eggs with water from a spray bottle. Only not chicken! Also, when the hen gets up to eat and drink, you should turn them over yourself. They are quite heavy, so often the hen cannot turn them over correctly. If you comply with these conditions, you can get a high percentage of hatchability of all offspring. Successes!

Did your brood hen hatch someone else besides chickens?

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  • No, only chickens
  • Used to hatch duck eggs
  • Used to hatch turkey eggs
  • Used to hatch goose eggs
  • Oh, who did not sit on my mother hen
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