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.

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