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Broody hen with chicks hatching and lots of eggs

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by esme13, Aug 25, 2016.

  1. esme13

    esme13 Chirping

    Apr 22, 2014
    New York
    A family of mine could use some advice. There polish hen went broody on a huge batch of eggs. They had two chicks emerge today and others peeping. The chicks are in a bad place because they are in a cubby a few feet from the ground. Should she remove the chicks would this cause problems? She has no idea when the eggs were laid and if they will all hatch around the same time.

  2. sawilliams

    sawilliams Songster

    Nov 12, 2015
    Nor Cal
    Leave the chicks with mom, and give her another day or 2. Hopefully she will continue to tend the eggs at least a few more days. But she will need to teach the babies to forge and find water soon. Moving all the eggs and new chicks to a ground nest will help for a few days, and hopefully get a few more chicks. But eventually the hen will leave the nest to tend the babies. She may need to pick up an incubator or let the other unhatched eggs go to waste.

    Perhaps a box that she can put feed and water in for mom and the chicks would help with the move. She needs to be prepared for mom to abandon the eggs.

    I would think the nest should be moved soon so babies don't fall of the edge, or at least a 3-4in board placed in front for the day, and try to move the nest at night
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2016
  3. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Songster

    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO
    I would just make sure there is bedding on the ground in front of the nest. The babies will follow mama hen when called and make the jump--the chance for damage is negligible. Ideally a ground nest should be provided for them to come back to.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Leave them alone. A few feet of a drop is nothing to a baby chick. Momma will wait until she thinks everyone is done, then take the chicks from the nest. They'll tumble down and she'll do her momma thing. She'll brood them on the ground after that, not try to get them back to the nest box.

    If it was a staggererd clutch, there's a good chance a lot of the eggs won't hatch. Your friend will have to decide if they want to bring the unhatched eggs in and incubate them and brood the chicks themselves, or toss the partially developed eggs.
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  5. carlf

    carlf Chirping

    Jul 2, 2016
    Mobile, AL
    What they said, cant add much other than make sure the have a feeder with chick starter and water available at ground level.
    Other than that, let the momma hen handle it.

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