Tricks of how to choose a suitable broody hen that hatches all eggs
A hen that is ready to sit on eggs and hatch will show pecking behaviors when you touch it and it will refuse to go outside as it prefers resting on top of laid eggs. This time is the most important for a poultry farmer who wishes to hatch all his eggs and increase the number of chicks without buying new chicks from other farmers. It is important for a farmer to know simple tricks of how to hatch successfully without spoiling a single egg as well as how to choose a suitable broody hen. In my last article I showed you how to select the gender and good eggs for hatching and in today’s article I will teach you easy tricks of how to select a broody hen.
Many farmers choose randomly the hens they want to use for hatching even if it has been spoiling eggs before hoping for a change. It is hard for a hen to improve the way it hatches unless the farmer is careful with his selection. That is why today I will take the opportunity to teach you on simple ways to select a brooder that will hatch you all the eggs that you will give it without spoiling even one.
Poultry farming is just like any other job that requires hard work, never give up attitude and full dedication as you exercise patience till you are successful in the business. However, it is important for you to note that young hens tend to be the best choice when choosing a brooder when compared to old hens.
Characteristics of a good and bad brooder
Many farmers ignore the age factor and believe that the older the hen the better chances of hatching. Which is not the case and that is where they fail. Young brooders are best in hatching since they have the ability to produce young and warm energy while sitting on top of eggs as opposed to old that have gaied a lot of weight and are heavy.
In addition, young hens will show the same traits of care and protection during hatching as they will be very aggressive when an enemy comes close to them and even after hatching. How can a farmer tell the difference between a young and an old broody hen? Look at the comb as young hens have an upright and steady comb while an old hen has an overlapping or fallen comb.
A young hen will have a shorter spur while an old hen will have long and huge spur on both legs. A young hen will have shorter earlobes and wattles while an old hen will have long and strong earlobes and wattles. A young hen will have a light, short and soft beak while an old hen will have long and strong beaks. A young hen will have short tail feathers while an old hen will have long and broom like tail feathers.
However, there are some breeds of hens with fallen combs even when they are young which might be confusing to a farmer. That is why I advise you to consider the type of chicken breed you keep. If that is the case then check out for the number of time it lays eggs in a week and you can tell the age easily as old hens skip one or two days while young hens lays eggs regularly.
Old hens reduce the number of laying eggs and skip one or two days before they hatch another egg. The trait will even get worse as they age that they will stop laying eggs yet they will show signs of brooding. This is common and should be an important thing for a farmer to notice and at no time should a farmer be tempted to put the hen on top of eggs as it will dissapoint with hatching.
Young hens are aggressive and lay eggs on a daily basis if they are fed well with the right food. This is an easy factor to consider when dispatching eggs to brooders as old hens will lack the ability to hatch successfully. During hatching if a farmer is attentive enough will notice that immediately the hatching begins a young hen will be very aggressive to break the egg shells and release the chicks out which is not the case with old hens.
Note:- Old hens can be sold to give space to new and young hens. The income generated from the sale can be recycled back in medication and buying of food for the other poultry.
Next article I will show you how to raise hens and rooster and improve the production rate rate of your farm. Make sure to like my article and share as well as comment. Good luck
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