HELP please

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by stewby3, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. stewby3

    stewby3 New Egg

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    Hi,
    We have a broody hen. Someone told us that we should put some fertile eggs under her because she had been broody a few months ago as well.
    So we did.
    21 days is up tommorrow. Wondering what we need to do with the chicks? do we need to seperate them (and surrogate mum) from the other hens?
    Also there is a fair drop (nearly 10 inches) from the nesting boxes to the floor in the coop. Do we need to move them out of there too??

    Please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  2. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    Quote:Yes, I'd separate them to start with. Fix up a spot where they won't drop so far. Not that that would be too detrimental to them...but they won't be
    able to get back up to mom to keep warm.
     
  3. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with Knock Kneed Hen

    I would not worry so much about the drop, but more about separating her and the chicks from the others. Sometimes they all can get along, but better safe than sorry. As long as she is on the nest, the chicks should stay under her.
     
  4. spowell

    spowell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 Silkies I keep with the laying flock (Minorca's) for broody purposes only. I have never separated them form the group when they have eggs hatching. They are very protective of their chicks and everyone gets out of the way. Now, that's just me and I may be lucky. You do what you are comfortable with.
     
  5. Jewels1935

    Jewels1935 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't dare allow another hen with my Silkie mama, her "tude" is worse than a hawk! [​IMG]
     

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