Can broody hen keep my baby chicks warm?

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  1. Jrodt

    Jrodt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in Denver Colorado and have a broody silkie hen sitting and taking care of two Americana chicks that are 1 week old. Will she be able to keep them warm in 10 degree weather at night? It is supposed to snow a lot lately and I don't know if I can keep them out in as low as 10 degrees. Thanks you![​IMG]
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I've got six 2 week old chicks with a broody out in the coop...was -12F this morning and they all came out of nest to eat for 5-10 minutes, then back in nest...mama was the first back in then the chicks went back one by one.

    Just make sure there are NO drafts on her at all.

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  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Aart: I love your broody box. Can you please share some of the details about it's construction and use? 1/4" ply? Interior framing? Size? Do you use it for both hatching and brooding? Solid bottom? any access other than big front hole?
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    The nest is 14" wide, 16" deep and 16" tall, the entrance hole(only access) is 10" diameter centered 7" from top.

    The plywood is laun, it's about 3/16" to 1/4" thick, it's usually used as an underlayment for flooring and costs about $17 a 4' x 8' sheet.

    The framework is 1 1/2" x 1 3/4" (ripped 2x4's, my lumber guy is great at ripping 2x4's-I built most my coop framework out of them).
    4 pieces screwed onto both top and bottom of nest, then sides screwed into those.
    There's couple pieces screwed on the outside bottom also, to raise it off the floor 1 3/4" ....because of the level of floor bedding.

    There are some gaps, 1/4" to 1/2", where the plywood should meet in places, I think I mismeasured a bit.....
    ......but left them for some ventilation, turning a slight error into a functional aspect ;-).
     
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  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Thanks. Sounds like a pretty easy construct.
     

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