Too late in the year for a broody hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Frizzlett98, Oct 7, 2014.

  1. Frizzlett98

    Frizzlett98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a black Silkie rooster that just matured and has mated with my RSL hen. I cracked her last 2 eggs and they were fertile! I want to hatch chicks before it gets too cold. I would incubate them but I haven't gotten enough money together for a new incubator. Should I see if she'll go broody? I can bring the chicks inside. All winter if I have to. She's at least 6 months old. She seems like she'll be a good mommy or at least a go broody very easily. I know RSL's don't usually go broody but she really seems like she would. Try and see maybe? Is it too late for her to go broody? Should I just stick with the incubator when I get it? I know some of people who hatch chicks during winter.
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    It is late in the season. You could just wait and see. It's unlikely that she will go broody, but not impossible. I would just let nature take it's course and see what happens. :)
     
  3. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    As far as I know, short of messing around with the hours of light in your coop you can't make a hen go broody. I've had hens go broody in December because I ran lights and I won't do it to them again... Didn't seem very nice. It was so cold popping off the eggs once was enough to chill the eggs to death. Any how wait to get an incubator ( my opinion ). Maybe she'll go broody at some point next year. I have an EE x RSL who is a good broody.
     
  4. Frizzlett98

    Frizzlett98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm afraid that she'll start and not finish like she does with laying an egg lol. I think it'll probably get too cold and then she'll get too cold and then the eggs will get too cold. Thanks for the opinions!
     
  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    You know, you're right about the eggs getting too cold. She'll have to get off the nest to poo and eat and drink, and by the time she got back.....cold eggs!
     
  6. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    If she does go broody you could bring her and the clutch inside.... I did it once, a playpen in my spare room did nicely.
     

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