Hello BackYard Chickeners! This is my first time posting but I have read many threads. I have some questions that I could not find answers to.
1) We gave our broody hen eggs to hatch a little over two weeks ago around 7 in the evening. Does that count as day one? I am not sure if today is day 17 or 18 and I'm not sure when to start lock down, or if I am even supposed to lock down a broody hen or if that only applies to hatching eggs in an incubator.
2) We built a new coop so that our broody hen could have the old one to herself and her babies. My chickens will not go into the new coop! I only have a few days left before the babies hatch and I am not sure what to do! If I lock them out of the coop will they go make hidden nests in the yard somewhere? Should I lock them in the new coop for a couple days so they get used to it? I don't want to stress them out.
Any advice would be great! I need help quick!