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Advice on bringing chicks into coop

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by sarajohnstone, Oct 25, 2016.

  1. sarajohnstone

    sarajohnstone Hatching

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    I have 3 hybrids with very lovely personalities. One of them has been broody for weeks now and if she continues to be broody I want to get her a chick or two to adopt (I have a heat lamp should she not take to them) but I'm wondering if it's best to give her these chicks in the coop - so all my hens get used to them, or have her raise them separately and then introduce them back to the coop. Any advice would be appreciated.
     

  2. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

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    Hi and welcome to BYC! It may be a good idea to put her in a "broody coop" until the chicks get a little older just to ensure they don't get picked on by the other hens. Best of luck and thanks for joining us! [​IMG]
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

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  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us. You have a great link from @redsox that i imagine will provide sufficient info for your to decide what you think is best for your set up.

    Good luck
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  6. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Hello there, and welcome to Backyard Chickens! Personally, if you only have three hens, I would probably let the mom raise them all together. If you have a good mom, she should be able to keep her chicks from being picked on if she only has two hens to battle. And it will not take long at all for those hens to learn that e babies are off limits. Thanks for joining us, I hope you enjoy BYC as much as I have!
     
  7. sarajohnstone

    sarajohnstone Hatching

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    Many thanks for all the great advice and warm welcome! If she's still broody in a few weeks time I'll go ahead and get her a chick or two to raise.
     

  8. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    Broody hens should be separate from the rest of the flock. Other birds may decide to attack or kill the chicks, or their mother may be injured trying to defend them.
     
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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