broody hens and new chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by southpaw52, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. southpaw52

    southpaw52 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 30, 2010
    Ok, need some help here. I have two hens (Banty Cochins) sharing one nest of about 8 eggs (including a couple large cochin eggs.) My question is ---- when / if thye hatch do I need to give them Chick starter feed? They are in a coop over a run, with dirt floor, not much for them to eat there. The hens have a feeder with crumbles.
    What do I do?
  2. Cackling Hen

    Cackling Hen Just Scratching Around

    Apr 21, 2009
    Port Angeles Wa
    Quote:I give mine chick starter medicated mama can eat it to i also seperate from flock as the other could get mean toward the babies and kill them I also would sep both Banty mamas and give them 4 eggs ea Do you have a couple dog crates???
  3. Nhiawa

    Nhiawa Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 17, 2011
    North Carolina
  4. louloubean

    louloubean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2009
    OC, NY
    i put a fence (2.5 feet) inside the coop to separate the new 'family' from the rest of the flock.
    mama kept the hens away from the babies, and she could jump out when she wanted.

    babies were fed medicated, and stayed separate until they could start jumping the fence themselves (about 4 weeks old)

    good luck!

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