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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!

~ Celia, a third generation Homesteader raising Chickens, Turkeys, and Ducks on an Off grid Homestead in rural Tennessee.

 

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~ Celia, a third generation Homesteader raising Chickens, Turkeys, and Ducks on an Off grid Homestead in rural Tennessee.

 

Never give up. While we still live there is hope. With God all things are possible.

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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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