All going broody - stressed new member grateful for help

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rip boris, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. rip boris

    rip boris Hatching

    Apr 14, 2008
    We are new to poultry.
    Was intended to be a bit of fun for the kids and it is.
    We have 4 x 5 day old chicks (orpington bantam x hamburg) and doing really well. Mom is very loyal and attentive.
    This wasn't deliberate we found her having thought she was lost to a predator.

    We now have a broody blue menorca and a leghorn x.

    I have access to packing cases made of wood at work which are thrown into general waste after delivery of goods inside.

    They are 30"h x 20"w x25"d. I can easily fit ventilation to these and hinge the front panel to make it a door with a wire mesh viewing panel.
    If we want to hatch using broody hens are these sufficient in size.

    Grateful for help

    3 Kids - aged 12 and twins 7
    2 x Leghorns called 'scratch and sniff'
    1 x Leghorn roo called 'Paxo'
    2 x Menorcas called 'hot wings' and 'nugget'
    1 x Orpington hen 'moonlight'

    Swaped Orpington roo called 'psyco' for leghorn roo because he clearly had a bit of hannibal lectur in his genes
  2. NewGuineaChooks

    NewGuineaChooks Songster

    Aug 24, 2007
    San Antonio, Texas
    Yes, that is adequate size for a broody, in my opinion. Do make sure that it is truly predator proof....if it is not being kept inside another enclosure.

    if you decide you want to 'break' the broody, instead of letting her hatch, try keeping her in a wire cage, where there is nothing remotely nest like, to discourage her instincts.

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