Chances of getting a broody hen in the winter?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BigHead, Sep 13, 2016.

  1. BigHead

    BigHead Out Of The Brooder

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    This winter I keeping a few chickens in a warm coop. With this help get the hens broody or am I wasting my time till spring? Should I go ahead and buy a incubator?
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Depends on breed. Most breeds won't. My Silkies and Shamo will (and one particularly weird Wyandotte).
     
  3. BigHead

    BigHead Out Of The Brooder

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    I have gamefowl.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Brooding is brought on by hormones. Those hormones are directly tied to daylight exposure. It has nothing to do with temperature. In most climates, even cold ones, coops do not need heat. They do need lots of ventilation though.
    A broody hen in winter is a very rare thing. Most hens that are prone to brooding, do so in the spring and summer.
     

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