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I have two hens who are sitting on eggs right now.  I think that they'll hatch in about a week, if they're going to hatch.   What happens then?  Do I remove the hens and chicks from the nesting boxes?  I'm afraid the chicks will fall out, the nesting boxes are about 3 feet off the ground.  How soon after the hatch should I take them out of the nesting boxes?  Do I take the chicks away and put them in a brooder away from the hens?  That seems kind of cruel.
I appreciate all the advice I can get.  The last time I had chicks was when I hatched them in an incubator in my classroom, and there was no mother hen to worry about.

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post #2 of 15

i would move them closer to the ground but let the hen raise them is this her first batch

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120 quail eggs in the bator
19 hens 2 roosters (temporarily with a friend )
15 bb red chicks
and more in the bator
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post #3 of 15

agreed

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post #4 of 15

I would wait until night time and then carefully pick up momma and her eggs and move her to her own space away from the others.

Sometimes other birds will hurt the chicks so you are best keeping them away from the flock at first.

If you do it at night, it will be less disruptive.  Keep a close eye on her though as sometimes moving a momma will upset her and she will get off the eggs and try to get back to her usual home.

I usually try to move her early in the brooding process so that if she abandons her eggs all is not lost......

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Mom to 5 kids, 1 dog, 16 chickens of various types and 9 eggs in the incubator (started with 12, but 3 were clears).

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post #5 of 15

I'm going through the same thing.  I have one who started sitting last Saturday, and another one who started yesterday. 

The funny thing is that my husband just bought me an incubator because I wanted some chicks.   jumpy
I'm not sure he understands the work he'll have to do if and when all these chicks hatch.  big_smile

This is the first time I have had broodies, so I'll be following this thread for all the advise I can get.

Good luck on your hatch!!!   wee

Luv our residents of the Hot Wings Stables- SilverDuckwing OEGB, Black Dutch, Black Orpington bantam, Blue splash OEGB, and lots of laying hens: Ameracauna, buff orpington, barred rock, buckeyes, and 3 roosters to keep them in line.   Also, 1 adoring husband, 2 awesome teenage boys, and 2 cats.
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Luv our residents of the Hot Wings Stables- SilverDuckwing OEGB, Black Dutch, Black Orpington bantam, Blue splash OEGB, and lots of laying hens: Ameracauna, buff orpington, barred rock, buckeyes, and 3 roosters to keep them in line.   Also, 1 adoring husband, 2 awesome teenage boys, and 2 cats.
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post #6 of 15

ep  How long does the hen take care of the chicks once they are hatched? How do they eat? My silver laced wyandotte has gone broody,and I'm kinda stumped,excited and quite honestly don't know the first thing about what I'm suppose to do for her. Thanks for any infomation anyone can give me!
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                Vikki

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How long does the hen take care of the chicks once they are hatched?


After maybe 5 - 6 weeks (sometimes earlier) her mothering instict will completely turn off and they will become just some other chickens. She will not mother them through their life or even pretend she knows who they are. Around this time she should start laying eggs for you again, too.  this is natures way and generally the best way. She has already seen to it they are part of the flock and they mix and have no troubles.


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How do they eat?


When the eggs hatch make sure you put out starter crumbles and water close to the momma and chicks. She will teach them to eat. The higher protein of the starter feed will be good for the hen too.

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post #8 of 15

hugs
         Thanks so much MissPrissy!I just wasn't thinking about my hens hatching their own and panicked lol!I hope she and I are successful!
          Vikki

post #9 of 15

So you have a choice: Move or not

I say move them. Get over the "cruelty" notion, as they wont care. If you want control, as any good livestock husbander does, brood them yourself.

If you are willing to let the hen do the work for you and allow Nature to take her course, then do nothing, of course.

Whatever floats your boat.

Peace... David
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Peace... David
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post #10 of 15

I too have my first broody hen so I am glad for this post. My first time brood is in her own little house (dog coop) with food and water. Once I was sure she was sitting for good I locked her in. Now, my question is once and if she hatches them, are they all to stay in the coop or should I let them outside? I am sure momma hen will be dying to get out of there. I can fence off a small section in the pen for them to keep the other nosy girls away and the momma will be able to go in and out of the coop.
Is that feesible or leave them in for awhile?

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