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Broody hen sitting on eggs right now

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ccarver80, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. ccarver80

    ccarver80 Chirping

    Jul 28, 2014
    Squaw gap ND
    Soo.... have a very broody hen right now.. which is fine... wouldn't mind having baby chick's again.... what will happen when they hatch? Will the momma hen protect them from the rest of the chickens?

    Should I switch everybody to Chick feed in the coop?

    Or should I build a separate wall to keep the chick's away from the main group ?

    Any advice would be great thanks!

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator

    Firstly, yep, mamma will protect the chicks from the other hens. Depending on how you keep your chickens (I free range mine), in my experience, adults ignore chicks until they are about 4 weeks old and then some chicken manners are exercised.

    Having said that, the issue of feed is something to consider. I built a portable mini-coop that sits in the main the coop with water and chick feed in it. Momma and chicks sleep in the mini-coop, but i put the mini coop outside during the day time and let mum do her thing with the chicks (after 2-3 days) - she takes them back to the mini coop to eat and drink and the rest of the time the chicks are taught by mum what to do and what to eat, where to dust bathe etc. If the rest of your flock is fed growers food, then there should be no issue.

    Other members do things differently, I'm sure and it will be helpful for others to share their experience. Very few things are caste in stone when it comes to chicken husbandry, so read through other posts and search for "hatching chicks with a broody hen" (or something like that) and you will see lots of sources that should give you an idea of the range of approaches used. After that, you can see what may fit your situation best.

    Good luck

  3. caw555

    caw555 In the Brooder

    Jan 21, 2016
    New Zealand
    I'd leave them in the main coop the mama will protect them and your roo will probably give any hen a thrashing if she's a bully good luck!!!

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