Second Hatch AND broody hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by rosemi78, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. rosemi78

    rosemi78 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2013
    Ashland, Missouri
    Set 33 eggs Wednesday evening. Not quite as nervous this time as I was for the first hatch, but I'm still pretty nerved up. I plan on candling tomorrow night. Hopefully I see some life. [​IMG]

    Now, with that said, today I found one of my hens had gone broody. My nesting boxes are not put together for hatching. They're literally 5gal buckets screwed to the barn wall. Should I build her a better box??? What about the 22 other chickens that are out there with her? Should I make some sort of separate pen?? They totally free range & just go back to their coop at night.

    Another issue - it was 20 degrees this morning and we have at least 18" of snow on the ground. Do you think mama hen knows something about the weather that we don't know? I want to let her hatch them, but can't help but wonder if I should snag the eggs when I get a chance and put them in the incubator.


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