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broody hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jimz1, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. jimz1

    jimz1 Songster

    Jun 6, 2010
    Coleman, Wi
    I'm full of questions today! We've got ,what I think, is a broody hen. She finally found a nestbox. My question is, can a hen hatch eggs if she has been laying only about 3 weeks to a month? If so, would the chicks be ok? is there such a thing as a preemee chick? Earl is still hanging around her.

  2. Savannah Poultry

    Savannah Poultry The Source

    Mar 29, 2010
    Lakeview, OR
    Yeah she could but they usually don't stick with it that young, at least in my experience. Is there a rooster around? Chicks can hatch early but not because of the mom being young. It would just mean too hot of a temperature. Which on a broody is not applicable.

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