Posts Tagged "broodiness"

Caring for Your Brooding Hen

»Posted by on Jul 20, 2011 in Raising Chickens | 0 comments

Although many small flock owners choose to incubate their eggs with an electric incubator, if you have roosters in your flock, there is a good chance your hens might become broody. In fact, even without a rooster your hen might become broody (of course in that case it is a bit more futile unless you purchase some hatching eggs for her, or perhaps manage to somehow convince her to become a surrogate to some day old chicks). Some types of chickens – usually the ones intended to be ‘egg machines’ – have been bred so that they are naturally less likely to want to raise some chicks, as broodiness decreases egg production, makes hens more vulnerable to disease and detrimental behaviors, and can affect the morale of the rest of your flock....

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