Broody hen

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by oldcock, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. oldcock

    oldcock New Egg

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    I have a broody hen thats been sitting on eggs for last ten days.She is in a coop with two rooters and six other girls I moved her and eggs to her own nesting box wondering it the eggs hatch will the other birds kill the chicks?Do I have to move them to own space or take chicks and put in brooder box?
     
  2. LRH97

    LRH97 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I personally take broodies out and put them in their own space. Usually a dog crate. This reduces the risk of another hen coming along and messing up the hatch by wanting to lay an egg in the broody's nest box. It also guarantees the safety of the chicks once they hatch. However, there are people who allow hens to hatch in the coop. If you do this, make sure the nesting box is on the ground that way the chicks can't fall out and not be able to get back up under mom.
     

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