Broody hen hatching chicks. Should I take them?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by falcon500, Jun 8, 2017.

  1. falcon500

    falcon500 New Egg

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    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.
     
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you do see any signs of aggression take them. If not just leave them
     
  3. Bantambird

    Bantambird Overrun With Chickens

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    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.
     
  4. falcon500

    falcon500 New Egg

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    She is first time, she found a nesting spot in a field, and we are going to let her do what she wants. She isn't mean or anything.
     
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  5. Molpet

    Molpet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would be more worried about predators if she is nesting in a field. Is there a dog to help guard her?
     
  6. falcon500

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    no.
     

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