Broody hen. Should I let her hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mmharmon, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. mmharmon

    mmharmon New Egg

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    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
     
  2. cypressdrake

    cypressdrake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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![​IMG]
     
  3. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    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

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    Wishing you all the best, and do keep us updated for sure! [​IMG]
     
  4. mmharmon

    mmharmon New Egg

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    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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