Spring is the best time for brooding chicks because of the high nutrient content in the growing grasses, the return of the bugs, and the temperate nighttime temperatures. The improved nutrient content of the hen’s diet translates into a higher nutrient content in the eggs. This makes spring eggs more hatchable and chicks healthier. These environmental changes also make it easier to raise chicks once they hatch. Just like their jungle fowl ancestors, hens who are so inclined are more likely to become broody in the spring time. Broody hens will stay in the nest box, puff up, growl and peck, and make a strange trilling sound that you only hear from a broody! (Listen here.) Read more about broody hens in Melissa’s article, Springtime and Broody Hens.
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