HELP! What do I do when chicks hatch?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LaurynRose, May 21, 2016.

  1. LaurynRose

    LaurynRose In the Brooder

    May 30, 2015
    Okay so my hen is sitting on two eggs right now in the coop. When they hatch do I need to separate her and them from the rest of the flock? If so how do I do this?
    Last edited: May 21, 2016

  2. jools2014

    jools2014 Chirping

    Aug 7, 2014
    Hi there, I am not an expert but I would separate them if you can. I have my broody and her babies separate now because when I tried to hatch some out before it didn't work out. I heard peeping coming from an egg and thought everything was great but the next day the eggs had disappeared and I found only one dead chick. I have no idea what happened whether the broody killed it, another hen or something else got in and killed it. I tried another time before that and eggs kept disappearing too a few days before hatch day, it was really bizarre!

    This is about my 3rd time trying and I bought the babies to put under her (luckily she accepted), I have her and babies in a big dog crate (but had to block off the gaps as they can squeeze through!) in my house. However she was already used to sitting in the dog crate when I moved her-I had tried to get her to go in the crate last time i tried but she only wanted to sit in her usual place-so I couldn't move her last time. It can be difficult, you risk breaking her out of being broody if you try to move her.

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