Can I use a Broody Hen to raise chicks in Oct-Dec?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Bejammie, Oct 14, 2015.

  1. Bejammie

    Bejammie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hen who I purchased when she still had chicks by her side that she had raised. She is a broody hen and I am happy about that, lol. I just got my first roo, and I want to use my broody hen to raise chicks for me. I want to start immediately, so I have layin pullets in the spring. Is it too late in the year for her to be able to raise chicks? Will hens go broody in the fall/winter? Will it be too cold? Thanks :)
     
  2. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    I've had hens sit in December/January with out any problems. Just make sure she has a dry, draft free place to sit. However most hens will only go broody in the spring/summer. It depends very much on the individual hen. For more on broody hens you may want to check out the broody hen thread > https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/496101/broody-hen-thread/10000#post_15956077 Lots of great info there!
     
  3. Bejammie

    Bejammie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! So I have all my hens with their new man, fingers crossed one will go Broody. I think June will, the one who I bought while still broody, but I don't know. Thanks so much for the info!
     
  4. Halloweengirl13

    Halloweengirl13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep they will go broody in October lol this is Ishtar on duck eggs

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    And Angry Bird with the ducklings she just hatched

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