Can an old hen go broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Picklesfarm25, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. Picklesfarm25

    Picklesfarm25 Hatching

    Apr 4, 2018
    I’m looking into getting full size chickens. I’m broke and the neighbor has some older girls but do older chickens go broody? I’m talking 3-5 years old. Does a chicken only go broody when it can lay eggs?
    I have an hova bator but I’m not the best at it yet. So broody hen it is.
  2. AlleysChicks

    AlleysChicks Enabler

    Oct 10, 2016
    Southern Ohio
    It’s possible but not guaranteed. I’d look for some local free range eggs. Those will often be fertile and cheap.

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