In the Brooder
- Feb 9, 2020
First time with chicks. We had a hen go broody several weeks ago I tried to break her of it but wasn’t having much success so got some fertilized eggs. So now they have hatched and she is a great momma...very protective.My main concern is when to add them back to the flock. Currently I have the mom and 2 chicks in a brooder box in my sunroom. I would like to transfer them back into the coop, but I have a small coop (4x4) which is not compatible with subdividing. The chick are almost 2 weeks old. My questions are: 1. Is it safe to put the mom and chicks back in the same coop now or should I wait a bit longer? 2.If I removed the mom from brooder box and put her back with the other 3 adults when could I add chicks back? I could keep the chicks in the brooder until they were older but would need a heat source for nighttime (daytime temps are in the high 80’s). Last question, 3. If I separate the mom and chicks for several weeks will the mom still protect them when they join the flock?Thanks for your input and advice.