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Broody hen in winter!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by backyardjack, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. backyardjack

    backyardjack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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![​IMG] Here they are looking a lot happier then when I first got them, around two weeks old!

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    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 [​IMG]).

    Well anyway that''s not the point of the story, she has now decided to go broody in the middle of winter [​IMG]but also [​IMG] 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! [​IMG] Also when she does do her thing does anybody want to join in?

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  2. Silo

    Silo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just let her do her thing. How many eggs is she setting on?
     
  3. backyardjack

    backyardjack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is currently sat on two golf balls! [​IMG]
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    In England, temps aren't going to be much of a problem. The difficulty is finding eggs that are fertile, this time of year.
     
  5. Silo

    Silo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats funny!
     
  6. backyardjack

    backyardjack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nahh getting eggs wont be a problem at all really! Will 0 Degrees Celsius be too low? Also how many eggs do you put under your smaller broodies? And will wood shavings be good enough for her to set in?
     
  7. backyardjack

    backyardjack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bless her she loves them just them same!
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    1. People here in the states have hens go broody and hatch chicks in the middle of winter, often in temps well below freezing.
    2. About 4 to 6, depending on the size of the eggs and the size of the hen.
    3. Wood shavings are just fine.
     
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  9. backyardjack

    backyardjack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you very much looks like mission broody is a go!
     
  10. backyardjack

    backyardjack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm aware that I probably sound stupid fretting over our temperatures but do you think she will need a heat supliment or anything? And should I separate her before or after the chicks hatch (she is at the bottom of the hierarchy)? And how often should I get her off of her next to do her business, eat and drink? Sorry for all the questions!! :)
     
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