Exactly eight weeks to the day, broody hen hatched out another batch of nuggets. This time there were four that she hatched and two pipped eggs remained in the nest. I put them under a damp towel and a heat lamp inside and one little one hatched out. I snuck it under broody hen that night and the next morning it was running around with the rest of them.
If we’re lucky she’ll hatch out one more batch before the cold weather starts to hit. We’ll keep the hens for our laying flock and one rooster, the remaining roosters will become meat birds. This is a good reason to have dual purpose breeds, then the extra roosters make find roasting birds. At the moment we’re thinking in her previous brood there are three roosters and two hens and they’re Wyandottes so they should make a meaty roasting bird.
There’s also another broody hen sitting on a nest of eggs we got from a friend. We’re hoping she hatches out a good number to add some new varieties of chickens and fresh genes to our flock. I checked yesterday and she had three pipped eggs. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she’s as good a mama as the original broody hen is.
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