Should i let my broody raise them at this time of year?

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  1. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 eggs due to hatch on the 3rd, and i also have a broody EE. So should i break the EE, and just raise the chicks in the brooder, or let the EE have them?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Definitely let the mama raise them. They'll grow faster, and be healthier and wiser. You'd be surprised how cold it can get and still the baby chicks will run around outdoors. And there's always mama to keep them warm; no coop fires from a broody.

    http://www.themodernhomestead.us/article/Broody-Hens-1.html

    Have fun!
     
  3. Fluffy-Butt-Farms

    Fluffy-Butt-Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i let my broody raise them thru december and most of january, then i took them away so she can start laying for me again. florida did go down in the teen for a couple weeks, and they were all fine. momma knows what to do. they'll be fine.
     
  4. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

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    I let my broodies each raise some chicks and they hatched just fine [​IMG] there was no problem. People say its too cold, but mine a perfectly fine with there mama. the babies hatched 7 days ago [​IMG]
     
  5. jm93030

    jm93030 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree that mama does a good job

    But for personal inexperience:p I can say that things can happen baby chicks are curios as little kids , they can get hurt , they can get stuck, they can drown and they are easy to get from predators.


    Im sure mama hen willl teach them a natural way of being a chicken

    but just make sure they wont get hurt

    I have lost a handfull of babys just because I wanted them to be raise naturally

    and I always felt guilty , thinking that inside the house in the brooder it coulnt happen
    specially if this chicks came from expensive shipped eggs

    after my experience I dont let mama hen care for the babys, I always try to interrupt any broody hen
     
  6. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:Valid points Yes, there are also definite advantages to the broody raising them. Like, chicks don't get pasty butt, and get some immunities from mama, from eating a bit of poop, for example. And of course learn the finer points of foraging, esp. if mama is free range. I've had 5 broodies and have lost a few chicks, in my case both to a predator and to a broody who killed her hatching chicks. In my case, these are mutts for meat and eggs, so all I've lost is a few eggs I didn't get to eat. If I'd spent a bunch of money on the eggs, though, I might be more inclined to use an incubator or maybe put the broody in my bathroom. Also, in my case, I'd have to buy the incubator.

    Of course, accidents happen in brooders, too, sometimes freak ones that you'd never anticipate.

    Good article about broodies:

    http://www.themodernhomestead.us/article/Broody-Hens-1.html

    Oops, take it back, I did buy shipped eggs once and put them under a broody, just to break a persistent broody. Got 2 chicks out of 8 or 9 eggs, which arrived well packed but full of dried poop. Now I hang onto some roos.
     
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  7. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I'll let the broody raise them.
     

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