Baby Rules the Coop

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cmeng, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. cmeng

    cmeng Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 2, 2012
    Hi y'all,

    So, I had to leave town for a number of weeks, and (thankfully) my neighbors took care of my chickens while I was gone. Upon returning this morning, I've discovered one of our hens hatched a beautiful baby chick! She's 3 weeks old and happy and healthy, by all accounts. But something strange has happened. Our hens have stopped laying eggs in the nest they prefer to lay in (I heard this from our neighbors, and it happened again this morning). Our coop has 3 nests, and mom and baby have been in the far left, and until a few days ago, the rest of the hens were laying in the right nest. Now, they're going outside and laying in the grass. I found about a dozen eggs hidden in the grass in my yard.

    It was a mystery, as was the hay disappearing from the nest, but today I saw momma hen kicking hay out of the right nest, and guarding it. It appears she doesn't want any of the hens laying there. I don't like this AT ALL. Do I need to displace her and baby for a while? It's what I would have probably done had I been here when the baby hatched (this is our first "grand-chicken" from our first flock -- so I'm sure I would have been on this forum asking for advice!).

    How do I get her to let the other hens resume laying in the coop, in the nest they love?

    Thanks so much for any advice you can give!!

    Baffled Chicky-Grandma
  2. SuburbSpurs

    SuburbSpurs Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would say to move the mom then keep the girls in the house for a few days to get them to recognize the spot as a safe place to play again.
  3. cmeng

    cmeng Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 2, 2012
    Do you think it would be okay to move her to a safe dog cage (with hay, food, and water, etc.)? It's the only thing I have that I could reasonably contain her in. It's about 3 feet long and 1.5 feet wide, and probably 2.5 feet high, so not a ton of room for mom and baby, but a little. Maybe it'll work for a few days?? And I assume baby should definitely go with her?

  4. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    It could work for awhile if she is still broody and not willing to get off of the nest.
  5. chickencrazy999

    chickencrazy999 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2013
    England, UK
    I think that would be fine :)
  6. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    The baby chick should stay with her unless you want to raise it yourself.

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