Originally Posted by kylen2007
Okay, tomorrow is day 19. I know they will be hatching any day after tomorrow so I want to get it all set up for them tomorrow. I have an enclosed area to move her to once she and babies leave the nesting box. I am putting a nest inside the area for them and food and water. I already have chick feed from the 22 chicks I have in the brooder. The day the chicks hatch is there anything special I need to do or is she going to do it all?
I have delivered kittens and puppies before. Do I need to dry the babies after they hatch? Sorry so many questions. I am one who likes to be prepapred. I'm sure I am completely over thinking it. Also can anyone give me any suggestions how to break a broody hen? I had a second one go broody a few days ago. I keep throwing her how in the run but she is relentless. Thank you all and I promise pics of the chicks once they hatch. Out of the initial 10 she still had 8 going strong.
Nah, just keep an eye on them for any critical problems...she will take care of them, they should dry off just fine underneath her.
Good that it's going to warm up for them...and you.
I infer that you've been checking the eggs and nest....is she getting out of nest to poop?
That's the only thing I checked for, found one large turd in there day or 2 after hatch.
If she's cool with you looking underneath, I did look under a few times during hatching, and remove shells if it's easy.
Breaking a Broody:
My experience went like this: After her setting for 3 days and nights in the nest, I put her in a wire dog crate with smaller wire on the bottom but no bedding, set up on a couple of 4x4's right in the coop and I would feed her some crumble a couple times a day.
I let her out a couple times a day and she would go out into the run, drop a huge turd, race around running, take a vigorous dust bath then head back to the nest... at which point I put her back in the crate. Each time her outings would lengthen a bit, eating, drinking and scratching more and on the 3rd afternoon she stayed out of the nest and went to roost that evening...event over, back to normal tho she didn't lay for another week or two.
Water nipple bottle added after pic was taken.