Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cat mom, May 26, 2016.

  1. cat mom

    cat mom Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 8, 2016
    1 of my 3 hens is brooding. Originally 3, now 2 eggs. A rooster & 2 more hens share the coop. If the eggs hatch, it should be soon. I know I can do research but it's easier to ask pros. What should I plan for if they hatch? Do I have to keep her separate from the others or not?
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. I let my broody mommas hatch in the main coop and do not keep them separate from the rest of the flock, but i know that other members do. I'd suggest reading up on the subject so you can make a decision that suits you.

    All the best
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] I let my broody hens hatch and raise their chicks in the coop with the rest of the flock, though the moms like to keep to themselves while busy with the little ones. It happens, but rarely, that other flock members will attack and kill chicks, so be prepared to move the little family, if needed. A good broody mom will not take nonsense from others and protect her babies though.

    As for feeding them, the chicks will need chick starter, layer feed has too high a calcium content, which could cause organ damage if fed over a long period, so they should be fed separately, or the entire flock switched to an "all flock" feed, with oystershell, or something similar supplied on the side for the egg layers, as calcium supplement.

    Here is a wonderful thread on broody hen hatches with more information, if you're interested:
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Thank you for joining us at Backyard chickens.

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