HELP!! 28 degrees rain sleet and snow broody on eggs

DixieDame67

Songster
12 Years
Jan 13, 2008
158
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Jonesbourgh Tennessee
two banty broodys sitting on 15 eggs in same nest, i have a 150 watt heat light in coop with heavy cheese cloth over door, should i still bring them inside???
 

ozark hen

Living My Dream
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Apr 4, 2007
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If they are in a coop and out of drafts they will be perfectly fine. Leave them be. Your weather will change quickly.
 

DixieDame67

Songster
12 Years
Jan 13, 2008
158
1
129
Jonesbourgh Tennessee
Thanks Ozark, i have never tried to hatch eggs this early but , i have two little grandsons now, and thought it would be neat for Easter ....and also i have a co worker that is wanting to start her a little backyard flock, so will serve for two purposes
 

ozark hen

Living My Dream
12 Years
Apr 4, 2007
6,962
47
301
Mansfield, MO
those hens are keeping them very warm, trust me. they put out a lot of heat. Enjoy and be sure to post pics when they hatch.
 

gabrielle1976

Crowing
10 Years
Feb 21, 2009
5,561
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Columbia river gorge
My friends banty went broody the end of november and sat on and hatched out almost a dozen chicks... I have no idea how they fit she is so small lol ... anyways there was almost 2 feet of snow on the ground and it was very cold and she only lost one baby after hatching..
 

DixieDame67

Songster
12 Years
Jan 13, 2008
158
1
129
Jonesbourgh Tennessee
awesome Shabby..........I am so relieved, came home from work and paced around should i bring them in or leave them alone, teehee i don't have a incubator, always just hatched chicks with broodys, btw i have 2 black cochin roosters , i will be keeping one and trying to find the other a home , there adorable but 5 roosters now amoung my chicken familys is WAY to many...this weekend i will have to place an ad.....but to say free im worried someone will want him to toss in the pot,
they are both gorgeous , ill try to include a photo in this post
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shelleyd2008

the bird is the word
11 Years
Sep 14, 2008
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Adair Co., KY
I had a bantam hen hatch 8 of 8 chicks in December, and they were in a drafty old barn. I now have 3 broodies, same weather here. One of them is outside under the porch (her choice, not mine). I am not worried about her at all. They will keep the eggs very warm with the poofy butts.
 

DixieDame67

Songster
12 Years
Jan 13, 2008
158
1
129
Jonesbourgh Tennessee
i know Shelly, lil bantams are the most doting and fierce hens i know of, last summer my success rate of hatching was 24 of the 26 ...total on 3 occasions( setting 8 eggs 3 times) only 2 did not hatch, ....and lost one
it was hatching i had to go to work, came home it was raining and i had roofer guys here, that chick was gone, i with flashlight went over every blade of grass in the yard, even next day i searched for it.....was one of the first upsetting experieces with hatching chicks, had 8 uh teens lol i called them two diffrent nights racoons, pulled 2 of there heads off thru a dog kennel which i with zip ties put chicken wire around....*sigh* ...i set a coon trap with loaded 30-30 at front door , needless to say no prediator problems since i moved the coon family out of my space lol
 

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