Too late in season to hatch with a broody in Vancouver, BC?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SJensen, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. SJensen

    SJensen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, I have a hen that just went broody (Aug. 13). If we start eggs now, it will be getting cold before the chicks are fully feathered. I live near Vancouver, BC and my coop is unheated. Does anyone have any recommendations or experience with hatching at this time of year? Thanks.
     
  2. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    Quote:I don't live near you, but it gets pretty cold here too - I think as long as it's not ridiculously cold that mama will be able to keep them warm. I had chicks last year in November and February and they did just fine in single positive digits with heat or a momma.
     
  3. Meara

    Meara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in the upper midwest and I had a tiny little Japanese bantam hen successfully hatch out and raise silkie eggs last October/November. My coop is unheated. It helped that she was a good mom and very attentive to her chicks.
     
  4. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had hens hatch in October and February and successfully raise chicks. It's frosty at night some of the times here in these months.
    I would have thought you would be fine.
     
  5. SJensen

    SJensen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you --- I do think she'd be a good mother. This chicken has gone broody several times in the past 2 years, but I've had to keep her off the nest since the timing was bad for me to start with new chicks.
     

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