Hatching on vacation - separate coop or run

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by billpack326, Mar 22, 2017.

  1. billpack326

    billpack326 Out Of The Brooder

    My broody hen is due to hatch chicks while we are on vacation. Can or should I make a temp coop inside the big one? To separate mom and babies? Can chicks drink out of a nipple? Does mom need access to the outdoors, if she has water and food? I can post pictures, if it helps.
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2017
    They can't drink from a niple. My hens take care of their babys. The rest of the flock gives them space. The hen will take them out of the nest to teach them after a few days. But then she trys to roost and they are left on the ground. All hens are different so really its up to you. Good luck
  3. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    I would get a friend or neighbor who could look in on the broody and hatching chicks.

    It would be even more important to have someone there to put "plan B" into effect should something start to go wrong. You're dealing with unknowns - whether the broody will handle her brood okay, defending them against other chickens who might want to do them harm, whether the chicks will get enough water and food in their first important few days.

    As for the nipples, I would provide a conventional water source for the first few days at least so you know the chicks are drinking. It does take awhile for the broody to teach her chicks to use the nipples, especially the horizontal ones, being harder for tiny beaks to activate than vertical ones.

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