Wool Hen: Or, How to raise chicks with NO HEAT LAMP and possibly no supplemental heat at all.


7 Years
Jan 28, 2013
Irondale, Wa
Oh, yeah. I guess your right. So, did they need any additional heat at all? I would think they would need a little.
So far, with the outside temp anywhere in the upper fifties to lower seventies, nope. They haven't needed heat.

That's with 19 chicks, the wool hen, and yesterday I added a huddle corner.

Today I gave away the chicks that aren't pure Jersey Giant, so we're down to a dozen chicks. I'm pretty sure they'll do fine. In either case I'll update here.

Mrs. K

Free Ranging
12 Years
Nov 12, 2009
western South Dakota
Well, I think I am going to try this. My dear hubby is not fond of chicks in the house. I have no electricity at the coop. The coons got my broody hen. And I have 25 chicks coming in the next week.

Plan to use a heating pad, huddle set up first couple of days in the garage, fingers crossed that the weather stays reasonable for a couple of weeks, and wool hen here I come.

Mrs K

lazy gardener

Crossing the Road
7 Years
Nov 7, 2012
I think you'll do just fine. I have asthma. So, after the first miserable season with chicks in the house, vowed NEVER AGAIN. Had chicks in the basement for a few days this spring due to hatching difficulties. MHP. Then they moved out to smaller coop with MHP. I think WH will be a great addition to MHP next spring.


Crossing the Road
5 Years
Apr 9, 2016
California's Redwood Coast
I have 2 broody silkies right now. On imaginary eggs.
They kept going back to the wrong box, so I quit sacrificing eggs to their whim.

Can't decide if I should break them or set them up in a broody cage together...

Or break them and hope they go broody again by the time I hopefully hatch something to pop under them to raise... Oh wait, this isn't the hatching thread.

But LOVING the wool hen!


6 Years
Jul 19, 2015
North Central Florida
You ordered chicks?!!  How exciting.  I have an Australorp that will go broody 2-3 times a year.  I am waiting for her hormones to kick in.  If all else fails, I will buy chicks.  

Good luck!

Yes I have ~30 (8 breeds/varieties) coming! I tend to order not hatch my own because I like the purebreds. I do hatch my own mutts but I sell those. I also hatch a lot of guineas to sell but use the incubator for that. I wouldn't make as much money using broodies. I do have some OE eggs in the incubator right now even though I have a broody because I didn't want them to accidentally freeze if she went back to the wrong box (as they sometimes do). I am hoping my other two champion broodiness will be ready for chicks by the time the order arrives (not that a sebright and oegb can cover that many chicks for long anyway lol)

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