So, tomorrow will be day 20 of Big Mama sitting on her 5 little eggs, I am curious since this is my first time hatching eggs with a broody hen, I was wondering do I leave the eggs with her when they begin to hatch or remove them and put them under a heat lamp. Unfortunately she is in with the rest of the flock because she would not sit if I moved her, tried and lost 6 eggs :( Any advice would be great. Thank you
First time hatching eggs with broody hen
Let her handle things. It is almost impossible to maintain proper temperature with a heat lamp. If possible screen the nest site so that the other hens can not intrude upon her and the chicks. Happy hatching!
My broody hen is a cochin banty and she has hatched out 2 clutches in the pen with all the big girls. and they are all bigger than she is some quite bigger than she is. The big girls understand very quickly not to mess with mama. Even now (they are 8 weeks and mama is brooding again) the big girls ignore the chicks.
You will be surprised at how well she can manage.