First time Broody?? - Advice

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PacsMan, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. PacsMan

    PacsMan Songster

    Feb 8, 2009
    Salt Lake Valley
    I've got a 7 1/2 month old Australorp. She's always like to sit in the nest for a long time when laying. Now, I think she's gone broody. She's been there for hours, and goes back even when I push her out of the box. (Which is good, because she lays the smallest eggs of my 10....)

    Anyway, being September 11th, is it a little late to start a batch of chicks? I've always wanted to try some, even if they are mutts. It takes 3 weeks if I remember right. We live in Salt Lake, and by the time winter gets here in First to Mid-November they'll only be 3-5 weeks old.

    I raised 15 in my basement, and that ain't happening again. Too dusty! - Will they be ok in a garage with a small heater on them or should I wait until spring?

    Last edited: Sep 10, 2009

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    As long as they get the right temperatures, are kept out of drafts, and get the food and water they need, they'll do fine. Or you could let mama raise them. You never have to worry about her heater losing electricity.

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