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My booted bantam hen has 18 chicks varying in sizes. She seems pretty full when the chicks are under her. Should
I take a few off her hands?
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Chicks should be kept together as a single unit if at all possible. It's detrimental to their development and future self confidence to be separated. As the chicks feather out, some will be under the broody, and some will be on top of her, soaking up heat in that way, and some will be running around playing.

 

So, by week two, not all of the chicks will be under mama broody all the time.

 

Just keep an eye on things, but I doubt you'll need to step in.

 

In the future, it's best to assess how many chicks a specific broody is able to cover and limit the number of eggs to that amount. Eighteen is stretching it for any hen, let alone a bantam.

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I would have to say that 18 is a bit to many for a bantam.  She can not keep all of them properly warm.  I would remove some of the bigger chicks. 

I live in Northeastern New Mexico. Live on a 2.5 acres with my husband of 38 yrs.(husband pass away 6/13/16), 2 dogs, 2 cats,    I have SLC, Blue laced Red Wy, Partridge Cochin, Blue, Black & White Cochins, Americanas, Cuckoo Marans Roo, Dominque Roo,  Blue Bar Roo, Buff Orps, Lavender Wy, Black & Blue French Cooper Marans, French Wheaton Marans, Cuckoo Marans , Dominque , Blue bar  Whiting...

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I live in Northeastern New Mexico. Live on a 2.5 acres with my husband of 38 yrs.(husband pass away 6/13/16), 2 dogs, 2 cats,    I have SLC, Blue laced Red Wy, Partridge Cochin, Blue, Black & White Cochins, Americanas, Cuckoo Marans Roo, Dominque Roo,  Blue Bar Roo, Buff Orps, Lavender Wy, Black & Blue French Cooper Marans, French Wheaton Marans, Cuckoo Marans , Dominque , Blue bar  Whiting...

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I wouldn't of allowed her to hatch this many but she hid her nest and found her as she was already almost 2 and a half weeks in.....

I'm also worried that the smaller ones might get squished.
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