Broody hen

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by glorianel5, May 23, 2011.

  1. glorianel5

    glorianel5 In the Brooder

    Oct 7, 2010
    I have a girl maybe a red, who is just sitting all day.
    She comes out for a meal and a dirt bath, but she just wants to
    sit all day. Friend told me to get her some fertile eggs to hatch.
    Im fine with babes and I have the room any one try this?

  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Yep, all the time. I have a bunch of chicks running around that my broodies hens have hatched out.
  3. Cackling Hen

    Cackling Hen Just Scratching Around

    Apr 21, 2009
    Port Angeles Wa
    Yep I also let my girls hatch all sorts of eggs [​IMG] Good luck
  4. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    nothing funner in the chicken world than a hen with chicks! Only problem, 21 days takes forever!
  5. CariLynn

    CariLynn Songster

    Aug 23, 2010
    State of confusion
    Just make sure that the eggs she is sitting are indeed fertilized, as my little broody Cochin was sitting 3 eggs that turned out not to be. I found that out when I candled them around 15 days, so we let her sit the remaining 6 days and the day they were due to hatch we bought 6 three day old chicks and put them close enough to her that she could hear them and then that night we slipped the 3 bad eggs out form under her and put the 6 babies back. By morning when I went to check on her, she fluffed up twice her size, gave me the stink eye and when I went to gently lift her breast feathers to see if I could see the peeps, got pecked for my trouble.

    It is a JOY to watch a hen and babies...nothing more endearing or more fun.

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