broody won't get off the nest after chicks hatched

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by NorthernAZchickens, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. NorthernAZchickens

    NorthernAZchickens Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 21, 2009
    Quick question.

    I have a BO broody that just hatched out some chicks. The first hatched monday, then the rest all hatched out tuesday. Well today is Thursday and she isn't off the nest yet. We did remove the "dud" eggs to encourage her to take her chicks to food and water but...

    I was going encourage her when i get home today. Any thoughts? let her be? show her chicks the food and water?

  2. herefordlovinglady

    herefordlovinglady It Is What It Is

    Jun 23, 2009
    i wish i had an answer for you. i have no idea. hope someone comes to the rescue.
  3. evonne

    evonne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2009
    Las Vegas
    i would make sure the chicks know where food and water is... are they in a separate pen from the rest of the flock?
    i don't know what to tell you about the hen though.. but i would take care of the babies for sure...
  4. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    If you can, put food and water in the coop for them. My girls have chosen to stay in the coop instead of going outdoors with their hatchlings, it's probably safer and warmer this time of year. You can lift her up and put her over by the food and water for a second, so that she knows where it is.
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Bring the food and water to mom. If she still does not show chicks food and water... well, she could be one of those who is a great incubator... and not so good of a mom. I've had a bad mom smother all her chicks to death and still not get up off an empty nest. But your girl is probably fine and since it's winter, likly does not want to risk chilling her chicks to find food if it is not close by.

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