- Sep 14, 2013
I have a Broody hen and her 1wk old chicks that I incubated before she became broody. i also have a rooster. i talked to the place where i got my chicks originally and told them that my hen was sitting on golf balls. they told me to get the golf balls out of there and to try and introduce the chicks to the hen. So, i got my six almost one week old babies together and put them right next to her on the nest, she made a few weird noises, seemed to me that she was warning the chicks to stay away... so i kind of nudged her and got her to leave the nest. i kept the rooster outside of the coop. the chicks kept on following the mom and she really paid not attention, she more wanted to get out by the rooster. so they all went out pecking around. after i caught the rooster and then the hen both peck at a chick i brought them back into the brooder. I cleaned my coop out, put down new bedding, took out the golf balls and the one egg that she was sitting on that she smashed. made her a new nesting area and now she is right back on her empty nest. all of this is a first time for me, so im hoping that i haven't made any critical mistakes. looking for some advice on how to re introduce these chicks and when, how old should they be? i read 2 months but i believe thats without a mama hen. just now i checked on things and the hen is off the nest sitting in a mud hole that one of the 2 (hen or rooster) dug, and kind of moving her legs around in the dirt. im assuming that she is trying so get that smashed egg off of her? i got some but she was still kind of a mess. Is this dirt hole (blocked off from the rest of the coop yet in the sun) her new nest? does this mean that she is no longer broody and will attack the chicks for sure? how can i tell? what should i do???