As usual, I'm behind. My broody's chicks were set to hatch tomorrow, so I was going to get a seperate area set up for them today and put a cover on the nest box so the hatching chicks don't fall out.
Low and behold, I go in to do chores this morning and what do I see, but a tiny chick baby head sticking out! I was so excited to have a successful hatch (my first of any kind!), but I'm also not ready yet, and I don't know what I need to do!
I put the cover on- thankfully the previous owner of our home kept pigeons (or a previous owner did), and one of the pigeon nests had a cover. And when I pulled it off I discovered it is JUST the right size to wedge onto my chicken nest boxes tightly. So that worked out.
I am going to set up an area for them in the coop divided by hardware cloth. But when and how do I move them? Since she's only in a nest box will I be able to tell when she's done hatching, like will she stand up or something? She has some wet mash (and it's chick starter- I've just been feeding the broodies the fermented chick starter/scratch blend I feed my meaties) in with her now, but no water. I can only assume this first chick (or chicks, but I only saw one) hatched overnight. Should I just give her until tonight and then move her? I would LOVE any words of wisdom!
And how is the best way to move them? Should I move the chicks and then the mama, or visa versa? Or is it not important?
I don't think a ramp is an option- of course the broody picked one of the top row of nest boxes, and it's a good 5 feet up. I'd be too afraid a chick would fall off the side. Plus my coop is only 6 feet wide, so in order to fit a ramp would be too steep.