Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jetskier506, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. jetskier506

    jetskier506 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 15, 2011
    One hen had about 15 bitties, and one day three something got in and killed all but 5. So this hen is super protective of them. I have another hen trying to go broody with about a dozen eggs. Could I pen The mother with the 5 bitties in a broody pen with the hen and eggs? If not Can I leave the mother and bitties out side (in a pen) and trust that they'll live?
  2. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

    Jan 5, 2011
    Hickory Flat, MS
    It all depends. I have one mama who wouldn't let her babies get 5 feet from her, but some don't keep up and if they have several, it gets difficult... I usually put mine in a small box I built to raise chicks in, but it works for broody mamas too. You could potentially pen the two groups together. I don't think it would matter. Not until the second batch hatches. Then the mamas might fight over the food for their young. But that's a only speculation. You never know. I would say go for it.

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