Should you separate a broody hen from other hens and cockerels? This is a tricky one as there are arguments for and against. If you separate a broody hen from the rest of the flock you are safe guarding the safety of the hen and chicks when they hatch as they are not going to … Read more
There are 3 ways to hatch guinea fowl eggs: 1) In an incubator. 2) Under a guinea fowl hen. 3) With a broody bantam hen. I was reminded of this the other day when I had an email from anne saying that she was going to try all three methods. Here are some things to … Read more
A broody hen is a hen that wants to sit on a nest of eggs so that they hatch out. * If you do not want to let a hen sit on a nest, then it is a good idea to remove the hen from the nest as soon as possible (night time is a … Read more
I received an email about a broody hen that was bullied off her nest of eggs for about 5 hours. I sent a reply and corresponded with Kate and was delighted to hear that the hen managed to get back on the nest and the eggs hatched out. Here is our email correspondence tracking the … Read more
Broody hens can feather pick when they are sitting on the nest so don’t be alarmed. They will sometimes pluck the feathers from their breast to line the nest and also to transfer their body heat to the egg more efficiently.
Does anyone have any advice for Pauline whose broody hen has hatched on of the duck eggs and then dserted the rest to sit on the duckling? Just found your site and it seems ideal. I have had 7 duck eggs under a broody hen and on Wednesday (the 28th day)the first hatched. Against all … Read more
“Why exactly do so many more people choose the broody hen over the incubator?” This comment was left by Megan (thanks Megan) and I thought that it was an interesting question. More people choose to use a broody hen because the success rate with the hen is usually better than with the incubator. The broody … Read more
What is a Broody Hen? A broody hen is a hen that has decided to sit on her nest (with or without eggs) and will not leave the nest at all. The term broody means having maternal instincts that make the hen want to hatch her eggs. Problems Broody hens can, if left sitting in a … Read more