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It's cold! Broody hen ok?

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I have a 8/9 month old Black Australorp who has gone broody a few times before but she stopped once I took the eggs.  I accidentally left one of my nest boxes for a few days last week and she has been sitting on eggs.  She had 3 golf balls under her, along with 8 eggs (one I broke).  I candled them all and they are about 72 hours old.  I feel bad taking them away now.  It is getting pretty cold here.  Is it ok if she hatches a clutch going into the winter?  I'm sure this has been asked before...

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From what other members say, raising chicks in winter is fine - she'll look after the chicks and keep them warm.

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How cold are you talking? Or maybe a better question; where are you located?

A broody is way better than a brooder, IMO, but you might consider a supplemental heat source if you're into freezing at night. She might have a hard time keeping all of them warm if you end up with 100% hatch.

This coming from Colorado lol, its downright frosty and snow already in places... I have a mom with a 3 week old, little bugger gets chilly sometimes, but with just one, she's doing just fine. More than that and I would plug in the lamp.

Hope she does a good job for you smile.png
Edited by shortgrass - 10/30/15 at 11:36pm
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/990759/chickens-in-permaculture

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1008185/lets-talk-relocation

3rd generation of Colorado ranchers, raising organic alfalfa, corn, Red Angus cattle, Suffolk sheep and of course, chickens! Comitted to a lifetime of health without chemicals, I am entirely dependent on what God has given me to nurture soil, plant, and animal. Sharing...
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http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/990759/chickens-in-permaculture

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1008185/lets-talk-relocation

3rd generation of Colorado ranchers, raising organic alfalfa, corn, Red Angus cattle, Suffolk sheep and of course, chickens! Comitted to a lifetime of health without chemicals, I am entirely dependent on what God has given me to nurture soil, plant, and animal. Sharing...
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