How to hatch eggs under a broody hen 

So I’ve just had someone who’s about to collect some eggs from our pet flock to hatch under her broody so I thought I can make a blog post to help them and other people when they decide to satisfy there stubborn broody hen. So here’s a step to step guide…

  1. Move your hen into a “broody coop” is always better than leaving her in the coop with the other hens bothering her and you’ll need another house to keep her and her chicks once they’ve hatched away from the rest of the flock.move her off her nest at night when it’s dark. put her and her eggs in the broody coop and the next morning see if she’s still broody if she is you can either purchase some eggs from a breeder or eBay and if youve got a rooster hatch your own- it’s also best to buy or set more eggs than you need to hatch under a hen a specially if she’s a clumsy first time mum or if the eggs are posted.
  2. Make sure every morning your hen is getting up of the nest to strech her legs and have a drink and some food- it’s a good time to add some health tonic or vitamins to her water as being broody can take its toll on a hen.
  3. You’ll notice that she’ll be doing massive broody poos just remove these as they can be quite un pleasant- this is why she should come of the nest each morning to get dump it else where so it’s not making the eggs messy.
  4. On day 7-10 candle the eggs using a purpose made candeling light or torch- you should see a red dot this is the embryo there also should be veins that you may see pumping. Bad eggs such as embryos that have passed or not developed or infertile eggs will be clear with a light yellow or orange blob which is the yolk and embryos that have died produce a blood ring this will look like a red ring around the inside of the egg and you won’t be able to see any veins or a embryo.Between day 19-21 don’t take her off the nest as this is when she’ll up her humidity and sit tight ready for her eggs to pip. 
    Here’s a healthy developing embryo.
  5. Make sure to powder your birds with lice/mite powder since a hen sitting in the coop all day is easy prey for mites and lice. 
  6. Leave your hen to sit tight on the nest between day 19-21 as this is when she ups humidity ready for her babies to pop out.
  7. Feed your chicks chick crumbs these should be fed to them until they’re 8 weeks old and the mother should have mixed corn too. If you’ve got medicated chick feed to prevent cocidossis (see in blog post 3 common problems in chicks) there might be a egg withdrawal if the mother hen starts laying again. 
  8. Put pebbles or marbles in the water pots to allow the chicks to drink but not drown. 
  9. The hen will decide when’s best to say farewell to her babies this tends to start when the chicks are around  7 weeks of age. The hen can mix back into the flock when the chicks are fully feathered and when she’s fed up, but keep the young chicks in the broody coop and feed them growers pellets from 9-18 weeks of age.
  10. When your chicks are 18 weeks of age and big enough they can be re introduced carefully into the new flock. And then they can start eating layers pellets and hopefully once they’re settled lay their first eggs!
    It’s a fun and great experience for every one when a mother hen hatches her brood.

I hope your mother hen hatches a lovely brood, you’ll find it’s Nice to have chicks running about the garden. Please feel free to use the categories section to serch up specific posts via key words as theres some posts on problems in chicks aswell as using a incubator to hatch them.

We want babies!

A lot has been Happening  such as looking online for plastic houses such as Omlet Eglus and second hand green frog arks we nearly bidded on a eglu classic but didn’t… We searched the village where is was and it came up on google maps that it was only around 20 mutinets away, and no one was bidding with only 2 hours left! So I quickly scanned the description and it said *the village name* nr Wales  so I returned to google maps and it turns out it’s a village in Wales on the complete other side of England! We’ve been looking for a house because the 2nd load of chicks also need a house as they’ve only been going out side in a little run in the day and returning to the cage indoors at night. Also the 1st flock of chicks need a home, we’re looking for a ideally 10 but realistically a 6-7 bird plastic coop for around £150. We will join Luna, pixie,Lyra and Maia with Kim,kourtney and klohé as two of the other chicks are living at a school where my mum works and one of thems a boy and unlike Luna who we think is a cockerel and pixie hes not staying sadly as we are already hoping to keep pixie and Luna let alone any others and even they may be rehomed so note to self pixie and Luna: be friendly and kind to your ladies and crow not as loud as beyonces laying announcement or she won’t be happy!😂

But at the moment boys you’re okay because beyonces too busy being… BROODY.AGAIN! Along with the help of pepper they’ve been stashing away eggs, I think they want babies.

Our plans are coming together for a larger run. Knocking down the garden shed, installing a new one to make way for a 24 square meter run and a new hen house, were totally not chicken crazy!

Also to the viewer in Canada hello and welcome to theurbanhens I hope you enjoy the posts and updates!😊

Fly high nugget 4th June 2016-22nd July 2016 

Broody Beyoncè 

Pure breeds especially brahmas,pekins,orpingtons and silkies. Every year Beyoncè goes broody sometimes pepper too. This year Beyoncè is broody!!! Really early in the season too!!! I think she herd me when I was at morrisons saying “if one of the hens goes broody can we hatch some eggs?” Then I came home to a grumpy faced Beyoncè on her three eggs she had laid. So when I was back down the town I got some Clarence court eggs from the supermarket. I know it’s from a farm where there aren’t any cockerels but a boy maneged to hatch a legbar egg from Clarence court and many people hatch Clarence court duck eggs. Also I love the legbars blue shells! My Nan was telling me how at a farm where her husband works they produce brown eggs on a large scale for supermarkets and within the many hens there was a cockerel roaming around there for a year as it wasn’t sexed at the hatchery.

clarence court legbar eggs
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lovely blue shells
old cotswold legbar from clarence court

I hope to purchase some eggs from south Yeo farm too.

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