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    Moving mother Hen and 7 week old chicks

    The momma is still in a protective mode — she will still expand herself 3x her size and chase other hens away from her determined territory. I worry that if I force her before she’s ready to wean them that she will be territorial with the main coop. I have shut the tractor and watched the...
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    Moving mother Hen and 7 week old chicks

    Momma hen self hatched 10 and I added 6 to her little family 7.5 weeks ago. The purchased chicks are more toward a week older. Still peeping but good size. Mother has her chicks in with the general population but she continues to take them into the chicken tractor at night where they are...
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    HELP!!

    To follow up on this — chick spent the night indoors under heat. I woke up to a healthy fluffy chick. Placed her with her siblings and momma hen paid no more attention than if I had just picked up one of the others and put it back. Chick is with siblings and momma - all is well.
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    Mother Hen Tormenting 1 Chick

    To follow up on this. By late afternoon momma seems to have forgotten she had an issue and she is treating all the chicks equally. Took a nap for her to forget... LOL - just like a chicken..
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    HELP!!

    Need to know what to do. Mother hen left the nest with 3 eggs left behind. One was pipping. She stayed away most of the day with her new brood. I took the 3 eggs and put under heat. 12 hrs later the one chick has hatched. Do I take her back out to the coop and put it under the mother.... with...
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    Mother Hen Tormenting 1 Chick

    Here is the scenario - broody sitting on 12 eggs. Knowing a number would be roos, on hatch day, I bought 5 pullets that went under her at night. No issues. Eggs continue to hatch through the day. However 2 of my 5 pullets did not survive - squashed? Or knows. But the 3 that were left she...
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    ? about slipping chicks under broody hen

    I have a hen sitting day 21 tomorrow - 12 eggs. Tractor Supply will have a shipment in the AM. They expect to sell out in an hour. I want to slip 6 pullets under sitting hen .... insurance that I will have pullets and I won’t keep any Roos that she’ll hatch anyway. Question is — do I have to...
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    ??s concerning Weather and Broody about to hatch...

    Great! Thanks for answering. I will slide some insulation under the plastic tray. The tractor is already draped with a moving blanket and a tarp. And it does have an upstairs. Although the ramp is pulled up for now. Might be momma will be ready to move them up the ramp by the time the colder air...
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    ??s about weather changing and moving broody at hatch time...

    Thank you!! I feel better about the temperature! She is very liquid laying on those eggs. And she fluffs up twice her size if any chicken looks at her. I will keep a close eye on her and that tractor she’s in has an upstairs. After a couple of days, I’ll lower the ramp to the upstairs and then...
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    ??s about weather changing and moving broody at hatch time...

    I have a hen sitting on 12 eggs -- that will hatch today/tomorrow. I saw one egg move slightly when she took her morning stroll. I have her in a chicken tractor inside the chicken pen. She's been a good broody. My concern is the weather is changing -- colder. A lot colder. They aren't directly...
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    ??s concerning Weather and Broody about to hatch...

    So I have a hen sitting on 12 eggs -- that will hatch today/tomorrow. I saw one egg move slightly when she took her morning stroll. I have her in a chicken tractor inside the chicken pen. She's been a good broody. My concern is the weather is changing -- colder. A lot colder. They aren't...
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    Dog feed dispensers for chickens

    Actually using the dog feeder really worked well!! Has deep dish so little crap was scratched into it. Feed constantly present. I’ll definitely use it again and again....
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    Dog feed dispensers for chickens

    So my 21 girls are in good shape for the time I’m gone. — enough water and feed for 2 weeks. They have 2 ten pound chicken feeders, 1 that’s really really large (don’t know the size), and a large dog food dispenser. All inside a coop with a limoleum floor. It will be interesting to see how the...
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    Dog feed dispensers for chickens

    Anyone do this? We have to leave for a week and want to triple up my feed inside the coop. We have someone coming everyday to gather eggs and check on things but I want to be sure we have plenty of feed out. Was thinking those would work ...
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    Living in a tractor?

    I’ll give this a go since our girls started out in a tractor and was in one for well over a year. I still use the tractors as grow out pins for young girls. You can see my tractor sitting inside the chicken run now via cameras (link in my signature below). I have 8 Juvies in there now although...
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