First broody chicken hatch

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Ben_2288, Sep 20, 2018.

  1. Ben_2288

    Ben_2288 Chirping

    Jul 10, 2018
    This is my third clutch of chicks first to be from a hen much easier the hen takes care of them. I have them separated how long before they can join the flock? 20180911_122822.jpg 20180911_122808.jpg 20180911_102344.jpg 20180911_102342.jpg 20180911_122753.jpg 20180911_122758.jpg
  2. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    I always let my broody hens hatch in the main coop hence the chicks mix with the flock from day 1 so I am hesitant to give advice. What i do know however, is that I have never seen adults show aggression to very young chicks (even in the absence of a mother hen).
  3. song of joy

    song of joy Crowing

    Apr 22, 2012
    Central Pennsylvania
    Congratulations! A good broody hen is worth her weight in gold. I never truly appreciated how valuable they are until I had to use an incubator to hatch out some chicks. With a broody . . . no incubator . . . no brooder . . . no flock integration issues. It saves so much work.

    I keep my broody hens separated from (but within sight of) the flock during incubation, hatching, and for the first 5 to 7 days post-hatch. By the time the chicks are 1 week old, I remove the barrier and let the hen take the chicks out to mingle with the flock. Flock members tend to give broody hens plenty of space, and the hen is usually very quick to remind transgressors to back off if they get too close.
  4. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

    Jun 26, 2014
    Corning, NY
    Congratulations on your adorable hatch! :jumpy
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  5. The old mother hen will do all of her baby chicks' heavy fighting for them.
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  6. Perris

    Perris Songster

    Jan 28, 2018
    Gower, Wales
    My experience is limited to one hatch and I'd concur with those above; have the rest of the flock been able to see the broody and her chicks already?
  7. Shadrach

    Shadrach Roosterist

    Jul 31, 2018
    Catalonia, Spain
    My Coop
    They can join the flock when mum says so.:)
    This should be one of the advantages of letting mum sit, hatch and integrate.
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I raise mine right in the Coop..Momma protects them. My Rooster helps too. No one messes with the Chicks.
  9. Puckaster

    Puckaster Chirping

    Sep 13, 2018
    Isle of wight, England
    I had a broody hatch 3 chicks in the main run/coop 10 days ago. I was going to seperate them after all the eggs hatched but before I could another hen attacked 1 of the chicks. I caught her just in time and saved the chick all be it with a broken toe and severe beating, and moved them all. I will be waiting till mother wants to roost before I let her back with the others and then the chicks after that I guess, when their big enough to handle themselves and before they start to lay.
  10. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Hmm...Was the Hen still hatching and not confined safely away from the flock till all hatched?..Once hatched and she brings them off the nest are they safe from other birds.
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