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

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    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

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    Let her sit on them she will keep the warm.
     
  3. A.J.'s

    A.J.'s Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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