Hi. I'm new with a few questions:]

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cococrisp, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. cococrisp

    cococrisp Songster

    Oct 25, 2009
    I just moved to a new house and there is a chicken coop. It's like huge and I can walk inside it quite comfortably. So, we're moving in in December and I'm thinking of getting some chickens. The coop has a huge outside pen with fencing on the roof and fencing 12" down. I have a couple questions before I get them...
    I want to get them to lay eggs but I'm wondering what "going broody" means. I've researched a little and I found out that chickens like lay a clutch and then go broody but does that mean that they stop laying eggs?
    Also,if I live in Virginia will they freeze in the winter? I'm new to chickens and I'm still trying to figure this whole thing out.[​IMG]
  2. farrier!

    farrier! Songster

    Feb 28, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    All of us not riased on or near a farm started out the same as you.

    When a hen goes broody they do stop laying. That is one reason a lot of breeds have been developed that do not get broody.

    Chickens are fun!!!

    How well they do in the winter will depend on how warm your coop is. More birds give off more heat or a heat lamp or light bulb helps.
    Like most critters chickens like unfrozen water in the winter.
  3. ChickensInTheNorthWoods

    ChickensInTheNorthWoods Songster

    May 4, 2009
    North East CT
    First of all...[​IMG]
    Going broody means that they want to hatch their eggs - chickens will stop laying once a year when they molt (replace their feathers) I live on the CT/MA line where we get plenty of snow and most of the winter is well below freezing temperatures and my chickens do quite well. You should be able to find the answers to all your questions here. Welcome to the addiction of owning chickens!
  4. missfitch

    missfitch Songster

    Mar 23, 2009
    Marysville Ohio
  5. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Songster

    Apr 8, 2009
    [​IMG] from UT! Glad you joined us!
  6. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    [​IMG] from washington

  7. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    going broody means they are setting on the eggs, not laying anymore after they lay the batch to sit on. They stay there until they hatch. They will only hatch, ofcourse, if the eggs are fertile.
    A broody hen will not get up very often to eat or drink during this time of broodiness.

    If the eggs never hatch, they will eventually give up. It takes 21 days for an egg to hatch, from the day the hen starts brooding on them.

    A broody hen without fertile eggs, will set for a long time. But they do get up and eat, rarely.

  8. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
  9. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida! Glad you joined us!
  10. English Chick

    English Chick English Mum

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cheshire UK
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] good luck with your coop, you will so enjoy having chickens.... thus your addiction starts!

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