Do I separate Mother & Chicks from other broody hens?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DorsetUK, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. DorsetUK

    DorsetUK New Egg

    Jun 5, 2016

    We have a eglu coop with 4 female bantams and a cockerel. Once one hen started going broody the other 3 joined in. The original broody chicken is currently sitting on eggs. We have had 3 chicks hatch over the past day or so - one found dead, one sickly one was being attacked and has been put down, and the other seems healthy and was running around when I cleaned them out yesterday & removed the eglu bars. We only heard cheeping for the first time yesterday morning.

    I'm concerned that the healthy chick isn't able to get to the chick crumb and water that I've put in the coop because the other chickens are in the way and Mother isn't able to show the chick how to feed. Should I get a small ark and place mother chicken, chick and eggs in it so as to keep them away from the other chickens?

    This is the first time we've hatched chicks and I would hate to lose them.

  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    I'm sorry to hear about the losses. I think under these circumstances, it would be best to separate mom and chick for awhile at least, until it's a bit bigger and stronger. Make sure you reintroduce them to the flock before she weans the chick (at about 6 weeks), so they flock will more readily accept the little one as "coming with mom" and while mom is around to protect it still.
  3. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    May 18, 2009
    I just had an experience where a broody came off her nest and killed another hen's chick, so I would definitely separate them.

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