Broody Hen, new hatch?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 63sportsman, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. 63sportsman

    63sportsman Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,
    I have a silkie that has been trying to go broody since early spring, so I finally let her lay on 6 eggs for the last few weeks. To my surprise today, I have a new chick...lol...., My question is should I segregate them from the rest of the flock, or just let her naturally raise the chicks within the community?
    Thanks...
     
  2. ilovemydog

    ilovemydog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can we have Picturesss:) Sorry cant help u never had a broody
     
  3. 63sportsman

    63sportsman Out Of The Brooder

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    Sure....here are a few pix... She has 5 more potential hatches still underneath her...
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    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011
  4. justtoni44

    justtoni44 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2010
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    I like to seperate mine for a week or so.then I let the hen decide.
    Have not had any bad results yet.
    Sweet picture.[​IMG]
    Thanks
     
  5. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
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    I've done both. When I had my birds in an acre pasture with a large community barn, I let them stay with the flock. Very little fighting because there was plenty of space. Now I'm in a different place. Small runs with different size houses. Because there is little space, the mothers tend to fight more. So I seperate them.

    Its really your call. The broody will need a place to sleep on the ground. Make sure the chicks can follow her in the barn at night. She will usually go to bed a little earlier than the rest of the flock. Good luck with the chickies.[​IMG]
     

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