Broody's in winter? Is it to cold to let them hatch eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bossynbella, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. bossynbella

    bossynbella Songster

    Aug 11, 2007
    We have two hens who have been broody for over a month I have tried everything even the wire floor cage, as soon as they are back with the flock they go broody again. I feel bad for them would it hurt to let them hatch a couple eggs each? Is there any chance they could, It is December in Iowa and pretty cold some days under 0 there coop is not heated though it keeps the wind out well. Just wanted the proffesionals opinion What can I do?
  2. 92caddy

    92caddy Egg Lover

    May 18, 2007
    Portland, IN
    I have 5 hens w/ chicks running around now, different ages, and I have 2 hens sitting on eggs. If you want some chicks, give them hens some eggs, they know what they are doing and will hatch and raise em for ya.......................good luck..........
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If you let her hatch, just let her have a few, so she doesn't have to try to keep a small flock warm. Just a single or pair of chicks under each wing.

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