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Is there a deadline to when a hen should go broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by wconstantine, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. wconstantine

    wconstantine Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a Silkie that I believe just went broody today. I am curious as to if there is a "season" so to speak for broodiness and if so is this late in the season for a New England hen?

    The weather will start getting colder and I'm just hoping hatchlings would be okay.
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hens will go broody at any time of year; the season doesn't really matter. However, they usually go broody in spring and summer.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Silkies are notorious for being permanently broody. Lots of other breeds will only be broody in spring or summer.
     
  4. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep mine has been broody dead of winter so anytime. We aren't using her to hatch though.
     
  5. wconstantine

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    So if we have her hatch a clutch, 21 days from yesterday puts the hatch date for August 29th will the young be okay as the weather will be cooler?
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Yes. It's actually probably better weather than the broodys that hit very, very early spring. I've had chicks hatch in blustery, rainy March do quite well with a good broody momma. Just be sure they're dry and not in the wind, and she'll do her thing!
     
  7. wconstantine

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    Awesome! And then after they hatch is there a rule of thumb when you can return momma and babies to the flock?
     

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