Jen Fan wrote:We're in off-grid in zone 3 and I had broodies hatching out chicks in late December. They a ll do just fine with a competent broody. We don't supplement heat. Mama is warm enough for them all, as long as they're out of the elements. I put broodies with chicks in a greenhouse to keep them out of of the snow and wind. If you take the eggs they all die. If you let them hatch, maybe some die, maybe some don't. Best case you get some free chickens
Jay Angler wrote:We have "professional egg laying hens" and every 2-3 years one goes broody. If they manage to hatch out the eggs, they've always done a fine job of mothering them despite their genetics. That said, I've always moved them early specifically to stop other birds from sneaking extra eggs in the nest and to give them less distraction that might drive them off the nest.
Jen Fulkerson wrote:I want to thank you all for your good advice. I decided to let mother nature take control. I put up a board and kept and eye for chicks, so they wouldn't fall to there death, but the hen has given up too soon. No chicks hatched. I was kind of looking forward to chicks, but we have more then enough chickens, and I really didn't want to have to deal with more roosters. One is more then enough. So I'm ok with the outcome. It's probably for the best. Thank you all again.
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