Raise Your Best Flock Using Broody Hens

Keep a broody hen to hatch, raise and protect your flock’s new generations of chicks. Plus, learn which are the best broody chicken breeds.



Mother Hen And Chicks
Use a broody hen to hatch chicks for a new level of satisfaction in raising chickens. Silkie hens (shown here) are one of the best broody chicken breeds — you can set eggs of other breeds from your flock, such as the Buff Orpingtons pictured in the background, under your Silkie mother hen for her to hatch and raise.
Illustration By Elayne Sears
Freshly Hatched Chick
Pipping, shown at left, is when a chick first pecks a hole in its egg. The chick will usually break out of the egg within 24 hours.
Illustration By Elayne Sears
Silkie Hen
Using a broody hen is rewarding and fun, especially with a fluffy Silkie mother hen.
Illustration By Elayne Sears
Egg Incubator Illustration
Egg incubators, such as this Brinsea countertop model, offer another way to hatch chicken eggs if you don't have a broody hen.
Illustration By Elayne Sears
Egg Embryo
Candle eggs with a bright flashlight to ensure there is a viable embryo inside.
Illustration By Elayne Sears











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