Bator or sitting?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by matheson1, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. matheson1

    matheson1 New Egg

    Nov 6, 2013
    Im thinking about getting a new flock of chickens. Would i be better off letting the hens sit on them or use an incubator? Its starting to get colder over the next few weeks
  2. Catfish267

    Catfish267 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2012
    I Don't Remember
    what state do you live in?
  3. matheson1

    matheson1 New Egg

    Nov 6, 2013
    Ohio just east of columbus
  4. dretd

    dretd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2009
    Ft Collins, CO
    Hi Matheson1 and Welcome [​IMG] !

    If you have a real broody that is committed you sure could let her incubate eggs. But Broodiness is a hormonal deal and most breeds and hen for egg production don;t want to incubate eggs becasue they have been bred against that trait--it makes them less productive. There is a thread on BYC about broody hens I think in the incubation section.

    If you have a broody, give it a try, but be prepared to incubate them if she gives up. With the winter coming on, be sure you have a back-up to brood the little ones -shelter and heat- in case she isn't a good mom for them.

    I would love to give you more advice since I've done both but more information about you and your flock would be helpful!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by