Originally Posted by tjo804
Originally Posted by bamadude
Originally Posted by tjo804
I have a broody sitting on eggs that are due Christmas day.
Should I separate them if they hatch, with Momma of course.
Or leave them? If I leave them should I change to flock feeder or Chick feed for all? I've never done in the coop chicks before and I didnt think she would stick it out when I let her keep the eggs. It's kind of exciting now.
It would suck if the baby chicks were to be killed by the bigger birds. I would at least partition them off from the rest of the flock.
I would also feed mother and chicks chick starter. I always use medicated on my chicks but some people are against it
You are right that would suck.
she is in one of those cheep tsc nest boxes that can just sit in the coop would she stop sitting if I moved her and the eggs with the nest to the grow out coop I have for my no momma chicks?
She would move from the back yard to the Garage since the coop was put on skids in the garage to get the silkies out of the rain until we got tarps for their dog run. that would put her far from the other Chickens but not out of ear shot of the Roos.
I just don't want to unhinge her so close to time for the hatch. She has been in that coop before so she knows it is safe.
I wouldn't move her this close to hatch time.
Are any other hens using the nest? If so, she does not have "rank" to keep the other hens away and that could be bad for the hatching eggs/chicks. If this is the case, I'd put something around the nest to protect it. Having her "separate but within the main flock" is your best option.
If she "protects" the eggs from others laying in the nest, I wouldn't worry that she'll keep the others away from the chicks but having a day or two without the flock interfering would be best (if a hen has a choice, she finds an out of the way place to sit, hatch, and when the chicks know her "voice" and are able to get around well enough, will bring them to the flock).
I'll try and find a picture of my broody hen dog crate set-up.
I second the chick starter or flock raiser with supplemental calcium free choice.
Edited to add these pics:
Momma with chicks inside dog crate with 2 x 4(ish) openings in the grate. Cardboard all the way up in the back, along one entire side and a third of the other side and top above the back third, to provide "privacy"/safety and a cardboard "bumper" around the entire bottom to keep the newly hatched chicks from straying out in with flock.
Crate after momma has taken the chick out. There is a cardboard piece that goes in the front but has been removed when the door was opened.
The momma then moved to this "high tech" nest with the chicks when they were a bit older.
Edited by NotAFarm - 12/23/15 at 2:05pm