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Broody hen hatched eggs in Nesting box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Rwill26615, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. Rwill26615

    Rwill26615 New Egg

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    Well today, my hen hatched her eggs in the nesting box which is well above the ground. Should I move them to a crate (like day old chicks) or just leave them alone? I worry the babies will fall from the nest and there are still a few eggs that have not hatched. ANy advice is appreciated!! (First time chicken granny) [​IMG]
     
  2. Wolftalk

    Wolftalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would move them, becuase after 3 days they will need food and water. and i might be tough for them to get down. so ya i would crate them up (with food and water) untill they can flap thier wings and stuff, then the will be ok to just let momma hen take care of them [​IMG] glad i could help!
     
  3. cat1994

    cat1994 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2010
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    I moved my chick and hen out of the nest after one day so I don't see why you can't do it to.
     
  4. Faith Hope

    Faith Hope Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I left one of my broodies in a nest box when she was hatching out. A few hatched out one evening, and when I checked on them in the morning, several had climbed out of the nest box while momma was still busy hatching out the rest. I found 4 on the floor of the coop, unable to return to momma; they were cold, but 3 of the 4 made it. If I had it to do over again, I would have moved her to the ground right when the first ones started hatching (or before).
     
  5. Rwill26615

    Rwill26615 New Egg

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    thank you everyone for your advice. I was afraid that if I touched the babies, mama hen wouldn't want to have anything to do with them. Well...This morning I went to check on them and sure enough, I should have moved them last night. One of them dropped from the nesting box and died [​IMG] mama hen was protecting her on the floor and left the others exposed in the nexting box. So, I moved mama, babies, and eggs into an old dog crate on the floor in the hen house so she could be with her babies and have some privacy. I even put cardboard around the crate so the other hens and rooster wouldn't peck at them. they are sooo cute! I gave them some chicky food and water and they are running around all crazy. I see their are 3 more in the shells that are trying to peck their way out.
     

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