Expanding Your Flock With a Broody Hen

Including Top Five Picks for Broody Chicken Breeds


Credit: Jason Masters

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There are a couple of different ways you can expand your flock, but my go-to is using the best broody hens in my flock.…

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  • I do not have a rooster so when i have a brooding hen I let her sit for about 21 days and then i go to the feed store and purchase the youngest baby chicks i can get. They can be of several breeds. I take the baby chicks out late at night and place them gently under the brooding hen. She will let then snuggle up under her very easily.

    The next day i go out and remove all the unhatched eggs from the nest.

    The hen believes she hatched the babies so she mothers them and all is well.

    This is very easy and actually I think it is fun. I have done it several times and it has always worked. Good Luck


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