First timer with a broody hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DottieMarie, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. DottieMarie

    DottieMarie Chillin' With My Peeps

    278
    0
    139
    May 6, 2008
    South East MI
    One of our hens has decided she wants to be a Mom. I never even considered any of them having babies but should I let her sit on the eggs? If I was actually trying for chicks, should I move her to another area or will the other hens leave her alone?

    I had been tricking her off her eggs and then I'd steal them but now I'm thinking I should just let her sit. What are the pros and cons and what do I need to do for her?
     
  2. DDRanch

    DDRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2008
    California
  3. DottieMarie

    DottieMarie Chillin' With My Peeps

    278
    0
    139
    May 6, 2008
    South East MI
    Thank you DDRanch the link was VERY helpful. I don't think I'm ready for hatching chicks but at least now I have a clue on how to start when I am.
     
  4. DDRanch

    DDRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2008
    California
    You are welcome. Of course, there is also a lot of good into within BYC using "broody hen" as the subject.
    Anne
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by