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Broody hens make good mamas. A mama hen strutting about with her brood of chicks in tow is the quintessential farm image everyone knows and loves. Brooding is the process by which newly hatched chicks, or birds of any kind, grow up, learn to eat and drink, and are kept at the temperature necessary for […]Read more »
Lots of folks are perfectly happy to incubate their chicken eggs to produce healthy chicks. But some homesteaders really want to work with their broody hens to hatch eggs. Author Amy Fewell shares her experiences and lots of suggestions for efficient hatching with a broody hen. Rocky Beginnings I can still remember thinking that all […]Read more »
Blogger Sandy Cryder shares her adventures with her very first flock of chickens. The four Buff Orpington hens in my first flock were beautiful! Large bodied; warm, golden, buff colored feathers; heavy, feathered breasts; full, downy Fluffs; Red wattles and single combs. They lay large, brown eggs starting between 5-7 months of age. Buffs are […]Read more »
Story and photos by Krislee Johnson As they say, there’s a first time for everything! Over the past month I had been hoping a couple of my birds might become broody. Specifically, I was hoping for a broody chicken but instead a duck made my wish come true. Just Broody? Diller (aka Phyllis Diller) is […]Read more »
by Shannon Cole of Country Girl In The Village Spring was in full force here in Michigan and one of my Blue Laced Red Wyandotte hens had gone super broody. My flock is a small backyard flock that does not have a rooster. I have had hens in the past go broody, but were quick to break of […]Read more »
When you start raising chickens, you are bound to run into terms, abbreviations and phrases that might seem like a foreign language at first. Here is my non-scientific, layman’s guide to some of the more common terms and their meanings: Albumen– The clear, viscous liquid inside an egg, basically the egg white Apple Cider Vinegar […]Read more »