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I'd remove the eggs she's on now and put fresh ones under....then you don't have to mess with a brooder at all.

Lots of options for broody management......

....interesting info, ideas and advice here: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/496101/broody-hen-thread

 

She was on just one egg and she went broody three days after I had set some eggs in the incubator. I replaced her egg with six eggs from the incubator which I candled today and all look as if they were fertile. She is still taking good care of them.

 

What is the maximum number of eggs that a hen can comfortably hatch?

 

If these hatch do I just leave her to take care of the chicks or might I have to intervene. It's quite cold in the UK at present so will I need to put them into a brooder?

Oh, that's cool....as many eggs as she can cover, maybe 10-12 max?...6 will be perfect.......she can keep the chicks warm.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Oh, that's cool....as many eggs as she can cover, maybe 10-12 max?...6 will be perfect.......she can keep the chicks warm.

Will the other birds accept the chicks? Do I just leave them to live together?

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Lohman Brown - Daphne : Amberlink - Bess :  3 RIR - Lucky, Nugget & Pip, 2 Rhode Rock - Coco & Sooty : 2 RIR/Light Sussex X - Etta & Belle, Barred Rock Rooster - Pingu : 2 Pekin Bantams - Fuzzy & Ugg : Silver Spangled Hamburg - Dotty : Gold Spangled Hamburg Rooster - Patch : .

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Oh, that's cool....as many eggs as she can cover, maybe 10-12 max?...6 will be perfect.......she can keep the chicks warm.

Will the other birds accept the chicks? Do I just leave them to live together?

Usually mama will protect them, it can actually be the easiest way to integrate new chicks.

 

Lots of different ways to manage a broody and her chicks: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/496101/broody-hen-thread

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
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