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broody hen in small box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sheep chick, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. sheep chick

    sheep chick New Egg

    Apr 9, 2017
    My question is, when the chicks hatch it usually takes a couple days so when and how do I get water and food to the first ones that hatch?[​IMG]
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2012
    Conway SC
    They do not need it---if they all are hatching within say 24 hrs of each other(if its going to be days and days---then you got a problem). They have the egg yolk they absorbed as food and can go 2 to 3 days just sitting----waiting on Momma to Say-----Lets all go eat. I have set over 150 broody hens in the last 3 years---Its not a problem.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2017
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Well, they won't need it for the first few days as PDR states......
    ....but they are not likely going to be able to get out of that box.
    I'd tip that box sideways...maybe before the hatch, maybe after the hatch is done.
  4. sheep chick

    sheep chick New Egg

    Apr 9, 2017
    Thank you! Will post how it turns out.

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