In the Brooder
- Oct 29, 2012
I have a hen that is sitting on ten eggs in a nesting box in the hen house. The hen house is up off the ground above their run. I am worried about the babies getting out of the nesting box and falling down the steps that go to the run. Once the babies all hatch should I move them to a lower area or will the mother take care of them? Also, is it ok to leave them with the rest of the flock? I had another mother hen hatch 18 babies two months ago. She built her nest away from the coop though and we didn't find it until right before the eggs hatched. Once they hatched we moved the babies and her to a baby pool on our porch and then when they were about three weeks old the mother hen actually incorporated the babies in with the rest of the flock. All of the chickens are free range during the day and return to the hen house/run at night to roost.