Broody Hen

Joshyboy86

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I have a hen which I think is broody, she has laid on a clutch of eggs all day and when I open the lid to the nest box gives a sort of warning, irritated cluck. I checked on her at about 9 pm and was still on the eggs. I live in Idaho and am not sure if this is too late in the season to allow her to hatch some eggs. Any suggestions?
 

ChickensAreSweet

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Our winters are kind of mild, and I have a hen setting on eggs right now. If you have a bitter wintertime I don't know how to advise you.
 

sumi

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I've had 2 broodies hatch and raise chicks over the past winter with no problems. They stayed and slept outside and even when it got really cold the moms did a good job keeping the little ones warm.
 

Ole rooster

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Yep, just leave it to her and provide food and water when to chicks are about 2 days old. But try to figure a way so the chicks can get to it and mama can't. She will sling feed all over the place thinking she's feeding them. A real waste of feed. She'll take care of um.
 

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