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Hen hatching & raising her own

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by equinealot, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. equinealot

    equinealot In the Brooder

    Feb 23, 2013
    How old does a hen have to be to be broody & raise her own chicks? Do You have to separate her or keep her with her group? esp after they hatch.

  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Very few hens actually go broody. I thought they all did, before I had chickens and learned more about them. But it's not so. I have a flock of 50 hens and pullets and have had less than ten hens go broody.

    But, for those that DO go broody, some of mine went broody a month after they started to lay and one didn't go broody until she was 3 years old. Totally unexpected, especially because she is a hatchery RIR and had never showed any signs of it prior to then.

    I let my broody hens raise their chicks in the main coop, or sometimes I move them to a separate, segregation coop until the chicks are a couple of weeks old.

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