Broody Hen Advice needed!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by EmAbTo48, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. EmAbTo48

    EmAbTo48 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2011
    Northern Wisconsin
    Well my broody silkie hatched a very healthy chick Tuesday day. However, she still is brooding on 3 eggs I am sure one is bad, but the other 2 I know were behind at least a week or more from the orginal 4 eggs due to a mishap in taking the wrong eggs one morning ( my hen was in the coop with the rest of the hens who would lay eggs in her nest when she would get off it).

    Anyways, I waited the recomended 36 hrs to see if she would stop and show her new chick what to do (food/water wise) Well she never did, I can tell she wants too because when I take the chick out she is struggling to decide to come to her chick or stay with her eggs....

    I have taught the chick to eat and drink and it will do this on its own while mom sits, my question is since it is eating on its own/ drinking now is it fine to be with mom till the other 2 eggs hatch? I really don't wanna seperate since the chick really has no one else and would be in a brooder by itself. But since moms not moving baby spend most of the day under her only comes out to eat/drink or if I come to check on them...

    Also since the chick is older will it peck at the chicks that should hatch soon?

    My hen is not going to leave these eggs for this chick.
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I'd probably let nature take its course, whatever the outcome. Maybe make sure the chick continues to eat and drink. I don't see any way that interfering would change the outcome, unless you put the eggs in an incubator and hoped mama would start exploring with her chick.

    If I were sure one was bad I would remove it. She can't count -- but you could always replace it with a golf ball or other pretend egg. I'll bet she won't know the difference. You don't want to smell, or clean up after, a bad egg that exploded.
  3. chickanddoglvr

    chickanddoglvr Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 7, 2010
    Cincinnati Oh
    Maybey put a food and water dish in with the mom and baby so she teaches them how without leaving the eggs.

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