I have made an amazing discovery

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by jdypat, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. jdypat

    jdypat Songster

    AFter years of candeling eggs, turning eggs, worrying about temperatures and humidity and then worrying about hatching, and then feeding chicks and keeping the temperature and humidity perfect and still losing many eggs, chicks and such, I made the most amazing discovery of my life.
    I let the Hen do the work.
    This summer for some reason many of my hens decided to hatch their eggs, out of frustration I just let them have their way.
    Not only did my hatch rate increase, I let them roam freely about the yard and I wished them luck. They didnt need luck, they
    knew what they were doing.
    My yard now if full of baby chicks and pullets and on and on and I do little, nearly nothing for their care. The mother hen does it all except feed them each morning and afternoon. I go out and throw out food and treats for them and they are so happy and healthy that I regret all the chicks I killed in my attempts of being
    a mother hen.
    Nature... let Nature have its way!
     
  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Yup, I'm a fellow broody hen lover. Some folks love 'em, some hate 'em. [​IMG]
     
  3. jdypat

    jdypat Songster

    All of my hatching equipment is for sale........... 2 incubators and supplies.. like new condition.
     
  4. featherbaby

    featherbaby Songster

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    "Substitutes are like a girdle, there are some jobs it just can't hurdle"[​IMG]
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  5. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Songster

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    I have a broody hen but no fertile eggs! I wish I wish! Next year I am going to let all my broody hens hatch out eggs! Might have to auction off a bator and egg turner!
     
  6. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    I agree. A Broody hen is the way to go. Chicks are smarter and healthier too.
     
  7. I have always noticed a better hatch rate when a hen is brooding instead of an incubator [​IMG] plus all the benefits you state - less fuss, less stress, no electricity [​IMG] and no brooding indoors so no stink either.

    This year I had 17 eggs under 2 hens - I had a total of 14 of those eggs hatch, now i did lose one baby that just failed to thrive, and 3 a week after hatched drowned in an unfortunate accident - but that was nature. I now have 9 exceptionally healthy babies who run around and are chickens and are very smart because they've been learning to be a chicken from their moms and others since day 1.
     
  8. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

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    I agree! A broody hen is a treasure to have.
     
  9. AKsmama

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    This is our first flock of chickens, but I (nor my husband) have any desire whatsoever to incubate any eggs. Our plan is to let the mamas do their thing. I really respect and admire those people that have the know-how and willingness to do it, though.
     
  10. mangled

    mangled Songster

    Oh, what I wouldn't do for a broody hen.

    Seriously, in the 4 years I've had my chickens, the ONLY hen that ever went broody was my EE girl, Emily, and the dang feral cats got her.

    I need to get me some non-hatchery birds, I think.

    Em
     

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