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Broody hen = babies!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chick423, Apr 1, 2016.

  1. Chick423

    Chick423 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all! God I love this site! I need your help, I have a broody bantam that is going on her 4th week I figured I would see if she broke herself from it but doesn't look that way.....I take her out of the nest a couple of times daily and she eats, drinks, scratches, hangs out for a little bit then goes back, I don't want to "break" her of this cause well I wanna use this as an excuse to get chicks! Here's the thing, I don't have a rooster which means the eggs will never hatch, but my feed store just got a shipment yesterday and the chicks are a day old, if I got 2 for her how would I deal with that? Just put them underneath her? How would the other girls react? Would the babies be safe? Any help would be awesome!!
     
  2. oneofeach22

    oneofeach22 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, remove the eggs and replace with chicks at night. The nest should be protected from the rest of the flock. Provide chick food and water. I did a lot of research on this today since I have a broody hen and new chicks. Unfortunately mine are too old.
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    I prefer another method, hens will sometimes kill chicks. I put my chicks in a confined area than bring the hen over to see if she's interested. I always keep mom and chicks confined for about two weeks until the chicks can keep up and get out of the way of other hens. Some hens will attack the mom hen when attempting to let the family out, so the first outings are always supervised and the family returned to the safe pen for a while.
     
  4. Chick423

    Chick423 Out Of The Brooder

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    Then after the 2 weeks do you let momma and babies go in the coop with the others? Will there come a point when the other girls won't try to kill the babies?
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    After the two weeks I start letting them out to mingle. It all depends on you flock and momma hen, some hens are really good about keeping track and protecting all the chicks, and sometimes another hen seems jealous and tries to fight with the momma hen, I will put mom and chicks in a wire enclosure at night just to keep everyone together for another week or two. You will have to see whether you have to play referee or not and for how long if you do.
     

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