EGGS HATCHED!!! What now??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Orpstralope, May 14, 2010.

  1. Orpstralope

    Orpstralope XL College Raised Eggs

    Oct 11, 2009
    So...the hen that has gone broody, for what I thought was 2 weeks, turns out to have hatched her two eggs I let her have this morning. She's in the laying house with the rest of the flock (7 hens and one roo). Also, she's in a nesting box inside the laying house.

    My questions are:
    Should I let her raise them in the laying house?

    Should I seperate the chicks with their mother, from the rest of the flock?

    Will I need a brooder light if she raises them?

  2. ShaggysGirl

    ShaggysGirl Songster

    May 24, 2009
    Temperance, MI
    If you let the hen raise the chicks you don't need a heat source. I put chicken wire in a corner of the coop and put the hen in there with her eggs the chicks are now 2 1/2 weeks old and doing great. Put chick starter and a chick waterer in there and Momma will take care of the rest.
    Several times a chick has escaped from this set up but none of the other hens has hurt a chick. When I go in I raise up the wire and the chick runs right back to mom [​IMG] I'll probably remove the chicken wire in another week or two. Main reason I have it there at this point is to keep the adults from eating all the chick food lol

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