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Can I use a Broody Hen to raise chicks in Oct-Dec?

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I have a hen who I purchased when she still had chicks by her side that she had raised.  She is a broody hen and I am happy about that, lol.  I just got my first roo, and I want to use my broody hen to raise chicks for me.  I want to start immediately, so I have layin pullets in the spring.  Is it too late in the year for her to be able to raise chicks?  Will hens go broody in the fall/winter? Will it be too cold?  Thanks :)

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I've had hens sit in December/January with out any problems. Just make sure she has a dry, draft free place to sit. However most hens will only go broody in the spring/summer. It depends very much on the individual hen. For more on broody hens you may want to check out the broody hen thread > http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/496101/broody-hen-thread/10000#post_15956077 Lots of great info there!

Breeds I raise: Easter Eggers, Naked Necks, PROJECT white d'Uccles, Mille fleur d'Uccles, RI reds, Barred PR's, Assorted Cochins, GLW's, Sexlinks, Mutts, and one Lavender Orpington!

Turkeys: Bourbon Red ~ Standard Bronze

Ducks: Blue ripple and black Muscovys

 

 

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Breeds I raise: Easter Eggers, Naked Necks, PROJECT white d'Uccles, Mille fleur d'Uccles, RI reds, Barred PR's, Assorted Cochins, GLW's, Sexlinks, Mutts, and one Lavender Orpington!

Turkeys: Bourbon Red ~ Standard Bronze

Ducks: Blue ripple and black Muscovys

 

 

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I've had hens sit in December/January with out any problems. Just make sure she has a dry, draft free place to sit. However most hens will only go broody in the spring/summer. It depends very much on the individual hen. For more on broody hens you may want to check out the broody hen thread > http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/496101/broody-hen-thread/10000#post_15956077 Lots of great info there!


Thank you! So I have all my hens with their new man, fingers crossed one will go Broody.  I think June will, the one who I bought while still broody, but I don't know.  Thanks so much for the info!

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Yep they will go broody in October lol this is Ishtar on duck eggs



And Angry Bird with the ducklings she just hatched

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