We have 13 3 wk old chicks in our outside coop, We live in the south and it only gets down to 65 at night and they have a heat lamp on them, they have only been there 2 nights but they love the bigger enclosure run and 'flap their wings from one end to the other having a blast. They are so peaceful to watch.
We have 5 hens sitting on eggs, one hatched 6 chicks today and the other hen is due to hatch next week. The hens that are sitting are at another property away from our home (about 10 minutes away), we would like to bring one of the sitting hens home and put her in the coop with the 3 wk old chicks. there is plenty of room.
(We want to be able to see the hen hatch the chicks, does she help, move them around, or whatever, we just want to see that side of hatching, we have experienced incubator hatching, now we want to see nature do it)
1. Will she continue to sit if we move her whole nesting box, at night, covered, to our home, it is 10 minutes up the road.
2. And will she peck at the older chicks, will she abandon her nest/eggs. or
3. do you think she will just continue to sit and if the other baby chicks come near she will put them in there place but not hurt them? (establish a pecking order)
Thanks for input- y'all are great!!!