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RE: Hatching Chicks with a Broody Hen

in #homesteading4 months ago

Ah yes, broody hens! 😀
Back in the 1980s and 90s when I was homesteading in the country, we raised chickens every year. We mostly bought day old chicks and raised them. It was my experience that most of the popular commercial type breeds of chicken just don't get broody for long enough to hatch the eggs. Our best success was with Buff Orpington hens. We got chicks from a couple of those hens. Strangely enough, we also had a bronze turkey hen hatch several chicken eggs along with s few turkey eggs. That was an interesting experience.

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Oh that’s so cool!! The hen that hatched our first batch of chicks is a Lavender Orpington Cuckoo/Ameraucana cross. And we have another Lavender Orpington Cuckoo sitting on eggs right now. They are a very broody breed!

It sounds like you have a couple of good egg setters there.