It's cold! Broody hen ok?

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by beegirl4, Oct 30, 2015.

  1. beegirl4

    beegirl4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2011
    I have a 8/9 month old Black Australorp who has gone broody a few times before but she stopped once I took the eggs. I accidentally left one of my nest boxes for a few days last week and she has been sitting on eggs. She had 3 golf balls under her, along with 8 eggs (one I broke). I candled them all and they are about 72 hours old. I feel bad taking them away now. It is getting pretty cold here. Is it ok if she hatches a clutch going into the winter? I'm sure this has been asked before...
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    From what other members say, raising chicks in winter is fine - she'll look after the chicks and keep them warm.
  3. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 14, 2015
    Northern Colorado
    How cold are you talking? Or maybe a better question; where are you located?

    A broody is way better than a brooder, IMO, but you might consider a supplemental heat source if you're into freezing at night. She might have a hard time keeping all of them warm if you end up with 100% hatch.

    This coming from Colorado lol, its downright frosty and snow already in places... I have a mom with a 3 week old, little bugger gets chilly sometimes, but with just one, she's doing just fine. More than that and I would plug in the lamp.

    Hope she does a good job for you :)
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2015

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