In the Brooder
- Oct 16, 2016
I have a flock of 15 hens and a roo. I would like to breed a few.....do I need to wait until I have a broody hen or can I just breed one of my broody-tending ones and expect she'll take over?
The hens will not go broody due to their eggs being fertilized. Most layers will never go broody, and if they didn't sit on eggs they won't raise chicks. Though they can sit on dud eggs and raise chicks from any source.
You can incubate the eggs and raise the chicks yourself. Have a plan for the males that hatch out.
If the rooster is with the hens you can assume all your eggs have been fertilized (just look at the yolks of the ones you eat), if you want eggs from a specific hen you can also put some food coloring on her vent and then pull the eggs that show traces of dye for incubation. There is no need to separate them.
Pen off a small area in your henhouse for the nest and chicks, never take them out of "eye sight" from the flock. After a few days open the pen up and let the hen take the chicks into the main coop when she feels comfortable, it is best to do it when the flock free ranges.Thanks for your answer here. So the broody hen and her eggs/chicks will not need a separate coop, she'll defend them from the rest of the flock should the need arise?