hen taking care of chicks?

nfrost

Chirping
8 Years
May 1, 2011
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Can a hen sucessfully takecare of chicks with other hens in the coop, the coop is 13ftx30ft and has 17 hens and 2 roosters they free range a little if its not sub zero temps will the hens be mean to the chicks if so will the mother protect them or what to do been on vacation and came back to half incubated eggs so I wanna let them hatch but its winter just not all the room right now
 

ChickensAreSweet

Heavenly Grains for Hens
9 Years
Jun 8, 2010
15,100
621
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Pacific NW- where the Douglas Firs grow
Yes the hen should protect the chicks, but some are better than others at this. I like to give the hen a separate hutch until the chicks are more "with it" as in at least 2-3 weeks old so they will follow her and jump toward her for protection. I make a temporary partition with chicken wire around a hutch in the pen for them, or put them all in the hutch in the dog kennel.

That way she can take them on outings but not be bothered by the flock. So it sounds like you might have room to put some chicken wire up in your shed to give her a little room to roam in there with the chicks?

Also put food and water within reach of her beak as she sets on eggs if possible so she can continue to set on chicks and remaining eggs while she teaches the new chicks how to eat and drink. Just my opinion!
 
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ozark_chickies

Songster
8 Years
Jun 19, 2011
536
8
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Arkansas
Quote:My banty is too.She is in with 16 other chickens. She has a corner she can retreat to, and they free range part of the day. When she free ranges she is out with about 100 other chickens, both large fowl and banties. If it is too cold or windy mom and the chicks hang out in the hen house, and she only brings them out for short periods.
 
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