December 21, 2014

Advantages and Disadvantages of Using a Broody Hen to Hatch Eggs

There is nothing better than seeing chicks looking out from underneath a mother hen or diving back beneath her for safety and warmth, just as nature intended. However finding a broody hen and successfully hatching eggs may not be as easy as it sounds. Here is a quick look at the advantages and disadvantages of using a broody hen to hatch eggs.

 

The advantages of the Broody Hen

  • The broody hen is usually more successful in hatching eggs than an incubator.
  • You don’t have to worry about power-cuts.
  • You don’t have to worry about keeping the settings of your incubator right or about turning eggs.

 

The disadvantages of the Broody Hen

  • You don’t always have a broody hen when you need one, or hatching eggs for a broody hen when do.
  • You cannot hatch as many chicks under a broody hen as you can with an incubator.
  • You need to provide a house and a run for a broody hen for quite a long time during the incubation and rearing process, even if you only hatch one chick.

 

Incubation with a broody hen has better hatching results and takes a lot of the effort out of the process. But an incubator will give you more flexibility with regard to when and by how much you increase your flock.

 

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