In the Brooder
- Oct 29, 2008
I have been raising chickens/turkeys/guineas for 8+ years. Our guineas have hatched many of their own keets, but all of the other birds-we do the hatching. I have a BO that has become broody. She doesn't want to be messed with, and that's fine with me. I'd love to let her hatch her own chicks. However, our nest boxes are about 2 feet off of the ground and that's where she is. So, my concern is if she hatches there, then what? I can't imagine any little ones getting down safely. I feel that I should move her. But, I don't want to move her and have her lose interest. I never seem to catch her off the nest. Our guineas would never sit again if we tried to move their nests (so we learned to let nature take it's course). Also, wherever they hatch...will the others accept the chicks? I have made it a policy to never combine different size birds-they can just be mean, but if they are hatched there, does it make a difference? Our guineas all take care of the keets-it's the village raising the children kind of thing.