Incubation Using A Broody Hen

Source: poultrykeeper.com
Written by Tim Daniels

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Using a broody hen to incubate eggs and hatch chicks is of course the most natural way possible and has its benefits as she will hatch and rear the chicks with minimal attention.

Not all hens will go broody, some are better than others – utility birds will rarely go broody as this has been selectively bred out of them: whilst they are broody, they are not laying eggs. The best broodies consist mainly of Silkie crosses…

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4 Responses to Incubation Using A Broody Hen

  1. shadowlilies says:

    This worked so well for me! I would do it again and again. The chicks are so healthy and strong and trouble free. This was with Marans hens, though, and they get broody quite often. My ameraucanas or Easter Eggers…don’t ever get broody.

    • tbnranch says:

      Yeah… the Ameraucanas won’t. Don’t have any experience with Marans, but Orpingtons are good broodies too if you want ever add them to your flock. My problem here is the weather, I’m a little concerned it is so hot in the summer that the hens health could be compromised. That’s why I’m planting foliage everywhere the last few weeks. Shade, I need shade!

  2. bulldog says:

    I was going to ask if you intended to breed your silkies…

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