Broody Hens

This covers behavior and experiences of hens that are broody.

  1. Discouraging Broody Hens

    Having a hen go broody can be a good thing if you are trying to hatch chicks. If chicks are not in the cards, however, and the eggs on which your hen is sitting are not fertile, having her go broody has the potential to be a headache for the both of you. In the case of you as a chicken owner, you now have to convince her to give up sitting on the nest, and she as a chicken has to deal with her maternal instincts and hormones while someone tries to discourage her idea of what comes naturally....
  2. Brooding Chicks

    Brooding Chicks Whether you order chicks from a hatchery, purchase from a breeder, or incubate yourself , you need to have a home for your new chicks to keep them safe , warm, and fed. In this handout you will learn the basic brooding requirements and procedures to keep your new chicks healthy. The Brooder People brood their new chicks in all kinds of containers. Old rabbit cages, altered tote bins, and purchased specialized brooders are just some of those ways. When brooding chicks, you...
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