Broody hen now has chicks. Now what?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by clinto, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. clinto

    clinto Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 10, 2015
    Palm Valley FL
    MY constantly broody hen has been sitting for 3 weeks and the first chock has hatched. What do I do or not do at this point? It was over 2-3 days that she collected eggs over a weekend and I put her and her eggs in a private pin. Since I started that process I have read that the spacing between the eggs may be a problem. If one is born now I could be expecting more chicks over the next 2 days. Do I need to keep an eye out for anything? Do I just give them access to chick feed and water and let the mama take care of them? They are separated and safe from the other chickens.
  2. Lalegid

    Lalegid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2014
    Congrats on your chick! In my experience (which is only 1 broody hatch!) the hen will continue to sit for a few days to allow any other eggs to hatch. Yes just make sure they have access to chick crumble and water (in a shallow dish with stones in it so the chicks can't drown). Double check that there aren't any wee gaps where a chick could get out or get stuck in. Good luck for the rest of your hatch!

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