Any ideas?


In the Brooder
Oct 20, 2015
I have a Cochin bantam who is laying a buff Orpington/Cochin bantam mix, can't wait to see what that will be like, (although I think a buff color with feathered feet, and small body xD) she is also hatching two eggs which are either buff Orpington, RIR, or black giant, and maybe ameracauna. Just have to wait and see. The eggs are due this weekend, and I was going to move the hen and her babies into the garage for warmth. I'm going to give them some chick starter, and a small cage to roam in. Any ideas and tips for the hatching? This is my first time with incubating eggs.(well not me really, the hen.)


7 Years
Mar 14, 2015
Northern Colorado
I had a banty Cochin hatch out a cross with a Red Star; this is what "little bird" looks like, at hatch and up to 2 months :)

And this is current..


Best advice is to let momma do her thing; don't panic if eggs don't hatch all at once, unless you actually set them all at once and have candled as you went. I don't usually candle until they hatch, and if there are some left by day 2 after hatch, I'll candle them to see if they're pipping or not.

Broodies are very keen on what is going on; even a first timer. They will kick sterile eggs out of the nest, and they will keep newly hatched chicks well hidden for a few days, so don't fret if you don't see them for a couple days; they feed off their yolk sac as they hatch, so they don't need food or water for the first couple days.

Momma will also show them where food and water are, but it doesn't hurt to put a small pan of food and a CHICK PROOF WATERER close by... I put that in bold because I recently had a chick drowned in the grown up water pan because I forgot to put bricks in it so littles could get out. :( safeguard the water!

I can't think of anything else off the top of my head right now lol, but best wishes! Don't panic lol, and enjoy! It's such a neat experience to see them brood their own :)
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