Broody hen. Should I let her hatch?

mmharmon

Hatching
5 Years
Aug 7, 2014
4
0
7
Indiana
I have a broody hen. I am wondering if I should let her try to hatch? I have free ranged 57 chickens from about 2 weeks of age each. So, right now, I have 5 layers, 17 about to start laying and 35 who will be laying by Christmas. They all seem to get along okay. They free range all day and I out them in the coop at night just for safety. So, if I do let her hatch, I would want it to be natural, no incubators and all that. Thoughts? Advice? Please!

Michelle
 

cypressdrake

Songster
8 Years
Jul 4, 2012
418
30
156
Thibodaux, Louisiana.
If you let her set you'll loose eggs for about 4-5 weeks. If you let her set, you'll have chicks. The only thing I find is once you let one go broody, they'll be others that'll follow suite. I evict mine from the nesting area for 3 or 4 days, after I pick up eggs. I lock em out and get their mind right. Good Luck!
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iwiw60

Crowing
5 Years
Jan 27, 2014
5,291
661
336
Central Oregon
I have a broody hen. I am wondering if I should let her try to hatch? I have free ranged 57 chickens from about 2 weeks of age each. So, right now, I have 5 layers, 17 about to start laying and 35 who will be laying by Christmas. They all seem to get along okay. They free range all day and I out them in the coop at night just for safety. So, if I do let her hatch, I would want it to be natural, no incubators and all that. Thoughts? Advice? Please!

Michelle
If you want to let her stay broody and hatch little fuzzy butts (how exciting!), here's more information for you:

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/search?q=broody+hatch



Wishing you all the best, and do keep us updated for sure!
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mmharmon

Hatching
5 Years
Aug 7, 2014
4
0
7
Indiana
Update:

I did let my broody hatch, but she hatched four duck eggs for me! We gave her 12 and 4 hatched! I think that is pretty good for her first time. And she was a very good mama to the ducklings. Super adorable! They hatched on November 15 and, now, they are bigger than she is!

Michelle
 

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