Can hen incubate in winter?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by countyroad1330, Jan 2, 2008.

  1. countyroad1330

    countyroad1330 Thunder Snow 2009!

    Oct 15, 2007
    One of my hens laid her first egg yesterday. I am not keeping lights on my chickens, so I'm wondering if it will stay warm enough for the egg to hatch. Probably not???
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    If she just layed her first egg then I doubt that she is broody, Hens usually don't lay eggs when broody.

    I have a broody sitting on eggs right now, but I brought her inside and out of the cold so that the eggs have a better chance.

    If this is her first egg, how do you know its fertile?
  3. countyroad1330

    countyroad1330 Thunder Snow 2009!

    Oct 15, 2007
    I seriously doubt that it is fertile, but I was just curious for future reference.
  4. boilerjoe_96

    boilerjoe_96 Songster

    Apr 4, 2007
    West Lafayette, IN
    I am in Indiana and it is COLD!!!

    Hen went broody Nov 26. She is still sitting. We seem to get a new chick every couple of days. Oldest two are 2 weeks old, yungest I helped get out of its shell last night(day 37).

    We have had 11 inches of snow at times, it has been, at times, in the single digits at night.

    So to answer your question yes they can still hatch eggs in the winter and in a northern winter.

    mine are in a unheated barn. She didn't get heat until I added a lamp after the first ones hatched...

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