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