Broody Hatching What to do and what not to do.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by RHewitt, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. RHewitt

    RHewitt Songster

    My instinct is to check on them often and move chicks to the brooder. This is my first time and I need help. Lay it on me please.
  2. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    I brood my chicks myself, so I can double clutch the broodies... If you are going to pull the chicks, as soon as they are dry, pull them. If she has them more than a day or so, she will abandon the nest and go off being broody. If you are going to let her raise the chicks, make a safe, escape proof, preator proof area for them that they can't get caught in any small spaces, fall, not be able to get up to where mama goes, etc...
  3. RHewitt

    RHewitt Songster

    Thank you...I was wondering if you have any experience with removing the first first few chicks to make sure she sits long enouigh to complete the hatch and then reintroducing them back to the hen. I have a nice small chicken tractor that would work well and would like to let the hen brood them herself.
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    It is worth a try. The more difference in age, the less likely it will work. Try slipping them under her at night and monitor, especially early the next morning. When she wakes up is probably the most dangerous time for rejection.
  5. RHewitt

    RHewitt Songster

    I will try that...I have three chicks hatched now and several on the way. Should be an exciting day. Thanks for your help!

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