1 chick w broody - ok to let nature do its thing?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kristashine, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. kristashine

    kristashine Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 1, 2010
    Harrisonburg, VA
    we do not have a rooster but had 2 hens get super broody so a friend gave us 3 fertilized eggs to see what happens.
    1 egg hatched yesterday and our little black banty couldnt be happier.

    our hens have a nice sized coop but we leave them to free range.
    is this ok for the chick?
    should we put the banty and her babe in a separate enclosure for a while?
    anything we need to do special?

    any advice would be welcome :O) cheers
  2. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    separate. Safer for baby, and less stressful for mama.
  3. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2010
    Yes I would seperate them from the other chickens. Just a couple weeks ago we learned that the hard way. be safe [​IMG]
  4. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    It's up to you. We've always let our mommas free range with their babies unless there were complications. We never had any problem with the other hens; the momma will do a good job chasing the others off. [​IMG]
  5. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2009
    We have been able to integrate day old chicks with full grown Brahma roosters as they accept chicks and even protect them, BUT some hens and even more roosters will try to kill chicks.

    If you are letting chicks out with adult birds then you must monitor the situation very closely,

  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
  7. BHyder1

    BHyder1 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 19, 2009
    I just went through the same thing, only 2 broodys with chicks. 8 hatched and the 2 hens fought over who had rights to the babies. They now have seperated them, but I lost 3 in the process. They are free range since they turned 1 week. all is well now and they follow their chosen mothers!

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