broody/chicks can they go down the ramp?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Tonya, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. Tonya

    Tonya Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a broody going to hatch out babies Friday and was wondering if she will take them down the ramp too soon do I need to isolate her to inside the coop till they are older or will she know when they can go up and down the ramp without being hurt or lost? She has hatched out some before but we took them but this time I want to let her raise them? Anyone have any experience with this yet?
     
  2. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine did fine. It shouldn't be too much of a fall slips off the side,they usually bounce a little but figure out to keep up with Mom
     
  3. Love my Critters!

    Love my Critters! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine have always done fine with coming down the ramp. The only issue is if the hen is not a really good mom and goes back up to the nesting box without all her chicks, they get too cold and could die. I have only had this happen once. Down in southern Mexico the chickens set in trees and when the eggs hatch the chicks jump from the nest, it's nothing for the fall to be 10 feet. They always do fine.
     

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