Originally Posted by kylen2007
I feel so overwhelmed. I won't move her now but in the long run around day 20
Or 21 just before they hatch should I move her? or let it be? How soon do I need feeders set up for the babies? I really should hVe researched this before giving it a go. Lol. Sounded like a good idea.
Hatching is usually stretched out over about 24 hours. They have enough yolk remaining in their abdomen to carry them a good 36 to 48 hours beyond hatch. Ideally allow all to hatch then wait for hen to move chicks out of nest her self. I that day is really cold and chicks expected to have trouble getting out of nest then that is when you need to intervene. The chicks can handle falling several feet without damage so do not worry about that. You are going to find this process is very easy when mother is involved. Have a shallow water dish where hen and chicks can get to it easily and feet a couple feet from the water and you are well on your way. Use a chick starter and do not be concerned if hen eats it.