Set to g hen in winter

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by birdie428, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. birdie428

    birdie428 New Egg

    Jan 4, 2017
    I have a hen handgun setting on 8 eggs middle of winter is this normal?
  2. birdie428

    birdie428 New Egg

    Jan 4, 2017
    That was hen not handgun lol
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. I don't believe its uncommon, as I've seen a few threads on the subject recently. We don't do winters, where I live (thank goodness) so I have no personal experience to share.

    I think there's a broody hen thread - try searching for it.

    Best wishes
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Is she brooding indoors or out? If you are in a very cold climate, I think I would "break her" of her broodiness. She would want to take her chicks outside after a day or so, and just too risky. Our weather has plunged to single digits. I know chicks can run back under a broody hen to warm up BUT, eight chicks would not fit in the compact space eggs would.

    After the chicks are hatched maybe you could raise them in a brooder. You put "Broody breaking," in the search box to see how it's done.
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, birdie, and :welcome! Great to have you with us! Best of luck with your broody! :)
  6. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    LOL, thanks for clarifying the hen handgun comment!

    Thanks for joining us [​IMG]
  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under birdie428 [​IMG] Welcome!

    Ouch! My broodies are bad enough without hand guns! Step away from my eggs! LOL [​IMG]

    As you have already received some good advice on the winter brooding [something which we do not have to worry about either], I will just add that I hope you enjoy BYC. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]

    If you decide to let her continue sitting .. good luck with the hatch!

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