new member from ohio...I also have a question

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by gretchen3212, Sep 18, 2014.

  1. gretchen3212

    gretchen3212 Hatching

    Sep 18, 2014
    Hi, I'm Gretchen and I have a young red pullet currently sitting on eggs. The eggs aren't hers as my young hens have never been with a rooster. The eggs are blue laced red wyandotte (my rooster) and auracana or rhode island red (my older hens). I'm letting her sit on about 8 eggs and they are only about a week out from hatching.
    the temperatures are down in the 40's and upper 30's at night. Should I move her into a warmer pen now and risk interupting her brooding or wait till they hatch?
    I already have the pen prepared with thick bedding and a pair of heat lamps (the pen is 8'x8') and a thermometer. I'm getting medicated starter food today....
    I let her have the eggs because I was afraid taking her first brood attept away from her would discourage from ever trying again. ...bad idea?
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Hi and welcome. The outside temperatures are of little concern as far as the incubation, as your hen's body is maintaining the temperature at "just right" for the eggs. Also, if you intend to have her raise the chicks, the heat lamps are unnecessary as, again, she will provide the warmth needed by her chicks. This is the big advantage of using a broody to hatch and raise chicks for you vs. an incubator and brooder.
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Good luck with the hatch! Not sure if you have seen them, but there are some nice articles in the Learning Center on using broody hens and a long ongoing thread on broody hen hatches
    X2 what Old Grey Mare said, broody hens make raising chicks easy, you won't need the heat lamps since she should take care of that. If she is that close to hatching and you don't know how she will react, I would not move her now but wait until the chicks hatch and then move her and the chicks to your grow out pen (as long as the nest is in a safe place and other birds or animals can't bother her). Nothing wrong with letting a first time broody try to hatch eggs, many of them are fine.
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.

    Kelsie's left you with some helpful links!
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word Staff Member Premium Member 7 Years

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Good luck with your broody! You have been given some great advice and links above.

    Welcome to our flock!
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Good luck with your broody!
  8. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chirping

    Jun 8, 2014
    Long Island, NY
    Welcome to BYC!

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

    You may also want to read the FAQ below.
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I agree with Kelsie's good advice. Welcome to Backyard chickens.

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