We are having the coop enlarged this weekend, and a whole new pen built, so mama and babies ( due to hatch Friday/Saturday is still in the hutch and will be until the work is done , when they hatch, how soon before they eat, and want out of the nest box? And will mama eat the chick crumble with the babies? I'm not sure what to have ready and when. ( first time broody with eggs) I need to know what to provide and how long she will stay in the best or want out side with the chicks. Thanks
Momma will show them the food as soon as you stick it out there or at least mine did. It wont hurt your momma hen to eat chick crumbles just have some layer feed for her to eat later on. That's just what I do.
My hen tried taking her 3 out on the 4 foot balcony the DAY they hatched! So it all depends on the hen. As soon as the last egg hatches she will probably want to get out on the move with them, believe me she has list of things to show them in short time she mothers them! (Its very cool to watch!) Enjoy!!
we can not get her out side until the coop and run are done ( Saturday and Sunday).
She is in this hutch, ( we got it free but it was so dirty. we cleaned it and removed all that junk in it.
But I'm worried if I take her out side in this hutch, it will be to cold since it gets down into the 30's at night still and no where but the yard to put her and I worry at night something will harm her with out being in the pen.and the fact the hutch is so wide open with the wire . worry bout the cold since its so open . I'm just wondering how she can take them out side ... Maybe we can pick the hutch up and take it out during the day and then back in at night until the pen and coop are ready?