broody hen can she eat the chick food?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sonew123, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    ok her eggs are due today tomorrow??? This is really the only thing Im worried about-I give her laying pellets and fruits and veggies-I need to put chick starter for the chicks in the pen -will she eat that and not touch her food? whats the norm? Never had a broody let alone chicks born without incubating them myself? and I have 5 chicks that hatched today in my bator-can I sneak them under her at night when hers hatch out-will she know the difference? she is on 14 eggs already? help :)
     
  2. pipermark

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    yes she can , she isnt laying , so the lower calcium isnt a concern. If you want put some oyster shells in a dish in the pen.
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Crowing

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    Right. Just don't let the chicks eat the layer feed.
     
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    Quote:They will be too little to reach where I will hook it up-at least for a few weeks-how do you keep them out of it when they bigger? seperate them some how IDK???
     

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