hatching under a broody.. questions

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Dar, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
    I have hatched under a broody before... I have always brought them into the house and let them do their job.. removed them when they were hatched and sent mom back to coop and raised the babies in the house till they were old enough to go to the coop

    thi time I dont have the space to bring mom(s) I have 2 broodies- into the house so they are brooding out in the coop. Both of them are in one nest its actually funny and cute

    what happens when they hatch? the babies cant get down out of the nest on their own so I will have to come up with some sort of brooder and put it in the coop but I want mom to be able to keep them warm and do all the work her self but if she can get in and out to eat will the others go in and kill the babies?

    i will make the brooder big enough for the babies not to get out i will give them their own food and water.. but i am worried that the other will cause harm...

    any suggestions?

  2. FeatheredObsessions

    FeatheredObsessions Songster

    May 24, 2010
    Depends on the other chickens. Most flocks will accept the babies and/or the nothr will protect them till they can be accepted. I would keep a close eye on everyone.
  3. the1honeycomb

    the1honeycomb Songster

    Apr 23, 2010
    Yadkinville NC-3yrs
    I built a large broody hut for my girls and their chicks, food and water, fresh greens, and a nice floor bedding of shavings. it is like the chicken hilton and the hens try to stay when the chicks are big enough to leave!! up off the ground with a hatch door for when they are old enough and it has an opening into the coop.
    and some people say my birds are spoiled!?!?!
  4. FeatheredObsessions

    FeatheredObsessions Songster

    May 24, 2010
    Some people might be right the1honeycomb [​IMG]

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