Here is our first chick - hatched yesterday. 2 more hatched this morning. Mama hasn't moved off of them yet. These are Serama chicks and mama is a Bantam Cochin. We put her in a crate to brood and she is inside the hen house. It's very cold and windy today or we would have moved the crate out into the run. How long will it be before the chicks begin to venture out from under her? We have their food in the crate and their waterer ( full of pebbles to prevent drowning, these babies are teeny!) right at the door of the crate. I want to lift her to check on them, but don't want to stress her. 😁 How long should we wait? Thanks.
P.s. Can you tell I'm a nervous grandma?
She won't move off the nest until she thinks all her eggs have hatched and she thinks all her babies can keep up with her. I recently had a broody where the chicks hatched day 19 (an hour after that one was born he was sticking his head out to be nosy), 20 and last one on day 21. It was 24 hours after the last one hatched that the Mum started to move around, though little Diamond squeaked a lot for a mummy cuddle and she would ignore her in her quest to scratch around finding food, so we cuddled her (such a hardship)!
You could try offering the Mum some food/hand feeding her. I've been turning the chick crumbles into warm mash as bantams are so tiny. The mum will make her "come eat" noise and any hungry chicks will pop out from under her to investigate. I offer mine water on a soup spoon too which the babies will also investigate. The mum might be a bit defensive of her babies at first but once they are up and moving she will chill out. I have fished egg shells out from under my girls as they look so uncomfortable but don't lift her up as there may be newly hatched chicks dying off under her. It is hard to wait I know!