Broody Hen... is it too late?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by TripTrapMtnHomestead, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. TripTrapMtnHomestead

    TripTrapMtnHomestead Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey All-
    Our hen just got broody and I am worried that it will be getting too cold in the next 21 days we are in the mountains nights are dropping into the 50's already.... I want to sneak some fertilized eggs under her (she's on golf balls). Is it worth a shot?
    Thanks!! Jesse
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    People have posted pictures of broodies taking care of chicks in the snow. It is obviously not the best time of year for them to raise chicks, but I think it is worth a try.
     
  3. extraordinaryfowl

    extraordinaryfowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Worth a shot!
     
  4. TripTrapMtnHomestead

    TripTrapMtnHomestead Out Of The Brooder

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    Great! Thanks!!!
     
  5. babigyrl22

    babigyrl22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I snuck some underneath my broody 5 days ago. [​IMG] [​IMG] Hoping for a hatch! [​IMG]
     
  6. willkatdawson

    willkatdawson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the mother will keep them toasty warm until they feather out.
     
  7. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    As said above. [​IMG]


    I've seen and even had broodies raise chicks successfully in the middle of winter. Much cheaper for you, too.
     
  8. somadlyinlove

    somadlyinlove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:unless you have more fragile breeds they should be fine
     
  9. TripTrapMtnHomestead

    TripTrapMtnHomestead Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks!
    Set 3 eggs yesterday and 4 more today!! Hopefully we will have peepers in 21 days!
     
  10. justin24

    justin24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it is okay my hen set on the 2 of this month mother nature know best
     

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