Is it too cold to let my BO hatch eggs?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mom4morecritters, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. mom4morecritters

    mom4morecritters Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2008
    Northern Minnesota
    The past week the weather here has dropped to 20, 30, and even 40 BELOW zero with the wind chill. I have a heat lamp in my hen house. My BO went broody a couple weeks ago and I kept taking the eggs and kicking her out of the nest. There was a day or two I wasn't able to get out to the chickens. She was sitting on three eggs so I decided to let her continue. That was the 11th, 4 days ago. Now she has 5 eggs and I candled them tonight and four of them have babies, one is a dark egg and hard to tell. I am new to candling so I'm not 100% certain they are good eggs.

    Here is my question... should I let her continue to sit, or kick her off the nest and toss the eggs? I'm not going to buy an incubator right now because I have 2 pregnant bunnies (a Holland Lop and a Lionhead) in the house who are due by mid-February, I don't want to be dealing with two litters of bunnies AND baby chicks too!

    Should I let her go, or end the broodiness now?
  2. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Let her sit on them she will keep the warm.
  3. A.J.'s

    A.J.'s Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 11, 2008
    what is a BO? duh!

    could it ever be a GO or a TO or do you go for EO's..

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