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Broody hen now has chicks. Now what?

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MY constantly broody hen has been sitting for 3 weeks and the first chock has hatched. What do I do or not do at this point? It was over 2-3 days that she collected eggs over a weekend and I put her and her eggs in a private pin. Since I started that process I have read that the spacing between the eggs may be a problem. If one is born now I could be expecting more chicks over the next 2 days. Do I need to keep an eye out for anything? Do I just give them access to chick feed and water and let the mama take care of them? They are separated and safe from the other chickens.
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Congrats on your chick! In my experience (which is only 1 broody hatch!) the hen will continue to sit for a few days to allow any other eggs to hatch. Yes just make sure they have access to chick crumble and water (in a shallow dish with stones in it so the chicks can't drown). Double check that there aren't any wee gaps where a chick could get out or get stuck in. Good luck for the rest of your hatch!

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