there's much you can do, to support your mother hen and to make sure that your chicks hatch safely and grow up to strong hens and roosters!
Of course there are many ways for hatching chicks, and this is only a guide to Improve your hatching result and help the chicks grow up, healthy and strong!
Step 1: What breeds are born mothers?
most breeds have lost the instinct and will not sit on eggs.
The hen you will follow in this instructable, is a wild mix between different breeds but did her job very good :)
good breeds are:
Brahma - brilliant mothers and a big plus is there size, place for up to 20 eggs!
Silkie - also brilliant mothers but not that much space - good for small coops
of course there are others, but i really recommend this breeds.
Step 2: Place fake-eggs in a nest and wait
WAIT! until one of your precious hens decides to be a mommy :)
you can be sure, that you have a broody hen when she:
- ruffles her feathers
- makes noises that remind of water in a bottle ( "glug glug")
- leaves the nest only for a few minutes a day and returns to the eggs very fast
- gets angry when you come near her ( she picks)