Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Hannah'sPlaidChickens, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. Hannah'sPlaidChickens

    Hannah'sPlaidChickens In the Brooder

    Oct 30, 2007
    Does anybody else let their mother hens incubate and raise their own chicks? Just wondering if anybody else does... and if there are any advantages to hand raising.
  2. jenichick

    jenichick Songster

    Jun 1, 2007
    A lot of us do, the advantages are many, do a search on broody, and you'll see what I mean. I just let a broody set on 13 eggs but I put the babies in a brooder.

    Do you free range? Do you have a brooder etc in case she abandons? I do both for now because I'm still learning.
  3. TerrasCritters

    TerrasCritters In a new coop

    Oct 24, 2007
    If your hen will hatch and raise her own babies, EXCELLENT!
    Less stress on you [​IMG]
  4. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    Plus she will teach them everything they need to know!

  5. I have a silkie who fosters eggs all the time. She hatched two a couple of weeks ago. It is only 20 degrees outside tonight and she watches them all day. Interesting - the hottest it gets out there is probably 40-50 and yet they are happily running around, eating and drinking. The ones in our brooder, I worry about when the temps hit 80. They might not be as friendly as any handraised, but they sure seem healthy.

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