Help me decide...let her hatch 'em?

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  1. Supermommy486

    Supermommy486 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My favorite chicken, a shy little poof ball of a bantam, has gone broody. She is hanging in the nest box almost non-stop. When I take her out of the nest boxes to collect eggs she does go eat, scratch around ect. But I'm wondering if I should let her hatch one or two? I do have roosters so it's a possibility but I just can't decide if I want to have babies...what do you think...let her try to hatch some??

    Thanks everyone for your vote [​IMG]

    ETA: Will she sit the whole time since she has been broody for a few days now?
     
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  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    I vote: YAY FOR BABIES!
     
  3. Supermommy486

    Supermommy486 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hehe that is kinda what I was thinking. I've never had one go broody/hatch eggs before so it should be a learning experience! [​IMG]
     
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    GO FOR IT! [​IMG]
     
  5. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. In His Service

    In His Service Wise Men Still Seek Him

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    I have my second broody momma with 4 baby chicks right now...my kids love it. The first set, only 2 survived, but they are outside and still cute as can be. If another one goes broody, we will let her have at it again. Loving those chicks!![​IMG]

    (Just remember, mommas are protective of their chicks, make sure your toddlers are supervised around them. )
     
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Another vote for babies!

    You didn't honestly think you were going to get a no here, did you? [​IMG]
     
  8. crazy chook

    crazy chook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    YES!! Let her have babies. She would be happy with 5 or 6 yes.

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  9. Supermommy486

    Supermommy486 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Haha ok ok, I set her up with two yesterday and I will stick some more in there today then mark 'em.
    Thanks everyone:D I will go learn all I can now about this process.
     
  10. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Give her at least 6, that way if they don't all develop, you still will have a couple chicks. With just a few eggs, I'd be afraid of having the hen brood and have nothing hatch.
     

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