- Apr 4, 2008
Didn't know how this was going to turn out but we gave it a go. I have 2 broody hens. one banty Cochin and one marans. we have a "communal" nest box and they both hogged it from the other 3 hens. We decided to get 4 new chicks and let the two broody's mother them. We sectioned off an area in the run for them. put them both in a dog house with shavings. Gave them golf balls to sit on. They have been broody for at least 3 weeks. The day our chicks arrived we waited till 11:30 at night. took out the golf balls, slipped the chicks under the two moms to be and voila! No brooder lights. No chick dust in the house. No muss no fuss. I'm amazed they can be outside. We are in the PNW and it has rained for EVER. in the low to mid 60's. moms have the chicks out pecking and scratching, beyond cute. I will never brood chicks again!!! My little banty seems like she is always broody! I got a silkie last year because everyone said they are good mothers and are broody a lot. mine hasn't been once! doesn't lay eggs either.... good thing she is cute...