Any Tips for Having a Mama Hen Around?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LilJoe, Jan 22, 2017.

  1. LilJoe

    LilJoe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most likely going to have a broody hatch some chicks this spring!
    Any tips or tricks?
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    The best advice I can give is let her do her job -- it is too tempting for some and good intentions can become interference very quickly. The beauty of a good broody is that you don't need to do anything besides provide her the environment in which to do what she is doing. It's kind of like the ronco rotisserie -- just "set it and forget it". There is nothing more precious that watching a mother hen teaching her brood all about how to be a chicken.
     
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Agreed. It's even easier if the broody is the alpha or a high ranking hen. Here's a thread that you may wish to join - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...ody-hen-hatch-a-long-and-informational-thread
     
  4. LilJoe

    LilJoe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you both! I'll see into that thread.
     
  5. LilJoe

    LilJoe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The hen would most likely be a silkie (not the dominant hen) and in a separate coop and run...
     
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    If she can still see the main flock, whilst separated, it will ease her re-integration with her chicks.
     
  7. LilJoe

    LilJoe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The chicks wouldn't be here long anyways.....I don't see the purpose of using a broody if I'm going to sell the chicks...
    It'll break her little broody heart




    The silkies are in a separate coop than the main flock. The five of them are in sight of the main flock though. (Main flock free-ranges)
     

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