Broody hen hatching chicks. Should I take them?


Jun 3, 2017
I have Freedom Rangers, and one of the hens is hatching chicks. I am inclined to watch her carefully and take the chicks if she doesn't take care of them, but I am afraid that she will hurt them while i'm not there.


Free Ranging
Premium Feather Member
8 Years
Feb 6, 2013
Near Billings Montana
Is she a first time broody? Is she with the other birds or separate? Is there something in her personality that inclined you to believe she won't be a good mother? There are benefits to letting a hen raise your chicks. The chicks are usually stronger, smarter, and more easily integrate into your flock, and you won't need supplemental heat for them. However, it is a good idea to keep an eye on momma at first to make sure she and babies are bonding properly. Free range broodies and chicks also run the risk of predators.

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom