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Help please! Newbie chick question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by farmgirl68, May 18, 2016.

  1. farmgirl68

    farmgirl68 In the Brooder

    Jul 28, 2009
    I have a broody hen who had 2 chicks this week. Every time we put our hand in the coop, not near babies she bites. She will not allow us to fill the water bowl or fed dish.

    We want to socialize the chicks with us, however mom refuses to allow it.

    I understand mom is being protective.

    At what point will she likely want to leave the coop?

    Any advice?

  2. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    That's the one big drawback with broody-raised chicks. It's normal for your broody to be protective. It's one of the functions of those ornery broody hormones.

    I have a couple of hens who are that way about the egg they've just laid, and they aren't even broody. It goes to the temperament of some breeds to be intimidating, too.

    I'd leave her in peace to care for her chicks right now. In a few days, she will bring them out and then you may have a shot at being able to handle them.
  3. farmgirl68

    farmgirl68 In the Brooder

    Jul 28, 2009
    Thanks they are in a big coop, we lowered the nest to the ground floor of the 3 level coop for the chicks safety. Mom was free ranged, we don't plan to free range the chicks until they are big enough to defend themselves.

    Being a newbie, I'm not sure my thinking is correct, however I was hoping at some point mom will fly out the coop and leave the chicks behind for short periods.

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