Originally Posted by lvie
So tell me about a Broody Hen. I think that would be fun. Ma Ma takes care of it all. They need a separate area to survive right? I could do that. DH will faint but when I get him up off the ground he would adjust. LOL.
Broody Hens are truly where it's at. there are pros and cons.
No Heat Lamp, No risk of fire. Perfect temp always.
Perfect humidity at "lock down" time.
Just as mother nature had intended...babies with a mother's attention and love and care.
Babies learn foraging techniques and predator wariness ...early on.
Momma teaches drinking and eating every step of the way.
Broody Momma's --even at bantam size are a force to be reckoned with even with larger fowl in the vicinity.
Momma sets up shop in the favorite nest box. You should move her to her own space.
#1 for privacy and no interruptions to break her broodiness.
#2 to avoid extra donations to her egg pile
She will begin to not leave the nest to do her broody poo after a while. So it's on you to clear that away once a day.
Food and water next to her while she sets. (not a big deal)
Building of her own broody coop
The babies are not as "socialized" to the food lady as other brooder chicks would be
A hen that may be just a bit thinner afterwards.
I would say seeing Mother Nature at work is a beautiful thing and you have to do it just once if given an opportunity. Some people swear by it. I see the pros and cons of both.