broody hen allowing access to chick?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Minky, Mar 28, 2018.

  1. Minky

    Minky Songster

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    My broody, Feather Face, is a first timer, as am I.
    We're on day 15, and I'm anticipating a dozen or more chicks next week!!
    She has been very nice as a broody, allowing me to pet her, candle eggs, remove eggs to mark them etc. She's never off the nest more than a couple minutes. She was at the top of the pecking order when she went into her nursery(its located inside the coop).

    Question: how do I get to hold, touch, play with the chicks? Will she let me? will I need to distract her ? can i steal a few at a time to inspect, take a photo, etc?? I'd like the chicks to grow up very friendly.

    Any tips or advice?
    Thanks!
     
  2. Silkie Mamma

    Silkie Mamma In the Brooder

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    you can take them from her, though you should probably wait a couple of days to handle them. one of my broody silkies raised a few chicks, and we were able to pick them up just fine, though it depends on the breed of hen going broody. Some are meaner than others when broody.

    Hope this was helpful:),
    Silkie Mamma
     
  3. ChickenGirl555

    ChickenGirl555 Songster

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    The chicks may be scared of you, so try picking up mama as well so they are less afraid, and see you won't hurt their mama or them. But wait a 2-3 days after hatching so they can adjust and...get used to being alive!
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Honestly I never handle my Chicks as they learn from Momma to either be friendly or aloof. Mommas don't like people touching their Chicks..definitely leave them a few days before trying..
     
  5. ChickenGirl555

    ChickenGirl555 Songster

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    chickens really likes this.

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