A long story short! (well shorter). On the 25th of July last year I went to a little village country show and saw a hen WITH SIX DAY OLD CHICKS!! But I managed to walk away saying to myself that if they were still there in the cold and wet tomorrow I would take them home! The next day came and there they were, still there in the freezing wet tent :(! I made a promise to them and my self so I took them home! Here they are looking a lot happier then when I first got them, around two weeks old!
After getting them home and doing a little research I found out that she (Martha) is a Goldtop hen. This is a hybrid between a gold/buff Silkie cockerel and a Light Sussex hen these are crossed for the broodiness of Silkie but the hard feathers and large size on the Light Sussex making them the ultimate broody hen (Just thought I would let you know as I don't think they are a common occurrence in the us ).
Well anyway that''s not the point of the story, she has now decided to go broody in the middle of winter but also and I am torn on what to do! Do you have any pointers on having a broody in winter? and any ideas on how many eggs see could sit on comfortably and all stuff like that? Although I've incubated and raised chicks before I've never had a broody so any help will be muchly appreciated!!
Sorry for rambling so in thanks for reading all of that you can enjoy this picture of Martha wearing her jumper in the freezing temps we have at the moment! Also when she does do her thing does anybody want to join in?
Edited by backyardjack - 1/19/16 at 1:44pm