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Broody Hen Box Idea help please

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by YDotties, May 10, 2016.

  1. YDotties

    YDotties Hatching

    Jul 11, 2013
    I have a broody hen in one of my elevated nest boxes in the coop. I predict her eggs will hatch May 18th...give or take a couple days of course. I have it cordoned off with some of that flexible netting to keep her and her eggs isolated from the other hens. About 3 days after they hatch I'd like to move them to a lower section of the enclosed run. It is separated by hard wire cloth so the chicks and momma hen can continue being integrated, but without direct contact.
    Here are my two questions:
    How long would you recommend I keep the hen and chicks separated?
    What suggestions do you all have for the broody box for the momma and chicks to snuggle up together? I tried a large enclosed type cat litter box last year but she rejected it. The chicks and momma just snuggled up on the ground together. Note last year I slipped her 2 week old chicks I bought from Nittany Wyandottes so they weren't as vulnerable to the elements. Since these are eggs that she's hatching herself, I'd like another option for her to try this year.
    Thanks for your suggestions.
    Last edited: May 10, 2016

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