Is it too late to have a brooding hen?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hyroost, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. hyroost

    hyroost New Egg

    Jun 1, 2010
    Since I am about 5 months into raising chickens, I was unprepared when I found one of my banty hens brooding. She just began laying about 3 months ago and is currently setting on 2 of her eggs and 2 americauna eggs. Is it too late for the little things to survive the cold? I live in Southwest MO.
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    I don't think so. . . We live out in WA, where it doesn't get cold but sure gets rainy, and I've got over 6 broodies right now. None am I allowing to have eggs under them, but two just a few weeks ago hatched out some chicks. Just as long as where they are brooding it does not get too cold, and as long as you can supplement the chicks with chick feed and if necessary, a heat lamp, it will all be fine. Chicks are tougher than you think when raised by a broody.

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