Originally Posted by RoxysAnimals
Hello Everyone, I'm just going to say this. I currently have 9 hens, 2 roosters, and 6 chicks in a coop by themselves. They are free range, and the main chicken coop is in a sheep pen. The chicks coop is in the sheep pen also, but has a fence around it. One of my hens has gone broody, and this is my first time experiencing this. She is in the main chicken coop. I want to hatch the chicks, but I don't know if the roosters or hens will attack the chicks or not. The 6 chicks I put out in the chick coop have been stalked by the roosters while they are in the run, and I took one out a couple weeks ago and set it down, and my roosters started running at it with an intent to kill. I don't know if I should put my hen in a dog kennel made of wire out in the middle of the chicken range, or what I should do. If I do put her in the kennel, should I cover it with a blanket at night so she feels safe? What should I do about that?
The 9 Eggs were put under her:
October 13th-3 Eggs
October 18th-2 Eggs
October 19th-4 Eggs
If I take the ones she is laying on, she follows me to the house and sits outside until I come back out with them. I don't want her abandoning her hatch, so I let her keep her eggs. Please help me, as the amateur with chickens I am.
Do you have an incubator on standby so that when she leaves the nest after the first few are hatched you can "save" the later ones?
Typically when a hen goes broody it is best to collect how many eggs you want her to have and then give them to her all once. Not only does this keep the hatch dates together it gives you time to observe her and make sure she is a "dedicated" broody. If the first three eggs hatch on time, chances are she will be up and taking care of those three before the second and third set are ready.
It is normal for hens/chickens to go after "outsider" chicks that don't have protection from momma. If momma is a good momma she will be able to protect her chicks. My banty hatched out three babies 2 weeks ago and they are in the coop with the rest. For the most part the others don't bother them.
When you say "chicken range" are you talking about a run? If you don't have room in the coop for a cage/kennel, I wouldn't put it in an exposed run. If she has a safe nesting place undisturbed by the other hens I would let her sit there and consider the move at hatch time.