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How long to leave hatched chicks in nest (broody hen method) before feeding/watering?

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I hatched my first baby chicks yesterday afternoon!!!  So far, 5 out of 26 hatched.  How long can they stay in the nest under mom before I put them in a brooder box with chick starter and water?  

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Why not let mom do the work for you?

 

 

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I guess I'd leave it up to the hen too. Maybe other greeters will have different advice?

 

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G’Day from down under nanabelle  :frow Welcome!

 

I wonder why you want to take them away from their mom?  Letting mumma hen raise them is not only going to make her very happy and give them a great start to life, education etc but in my opinion, it is also so much easier on us as she does all the work.  She will keep them warm, teach them where the food and water is, how to scratch and hunt, dust bath etc.  I do not think I will ever tire of watching a proud mumma hen raise her babies.

 

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post #6 of 12
Most hens will quit by the time the first chicks are 3 days. Nature tells them they need to eat. Rarely will she continue to incubate the remaining eggs after that point.

26 eggs is twice what the average hen can cover and keep warm. When was the last time you candled them and where they are at the same stage of development? If they were all good, I would remove the first group to encourage her to remain on the nest. If she quits than you have to be prepared to finish the remaining eggs in an incubator.
You should be able to slip the first chicks back under the hen when she's finished.
Edited by Percheron chick - 12/17/16 at 1:47pm
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agree with Percheron Chick.       

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I have 6 hens brooding the 26 eggs.  Can I divide the remaining unhatched eggs between the other hens who are sitting?

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Are the eggs all at the same stage of development?
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