Hens raising chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by homecatmom, Sep 6, 2007.

  1. homecatmom

    homecatmom Songster

    I have my nest boxes about 24 inches off the floor. If one of my hens goes broody (assuming I get her some fertile eggs) How do the chicks get from the nesting box to the floor and back each day? Once out of the nest do they just hunker down in a corner of the coop till they can roost on their own?[​IMG]
  2. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    If you do have a broody, you will most likely want to move her away from your other hens while she is on the nest anyway, and certainly when the little ones hatch. Sometimes other hens are not so nice to babies.
    Put together a 3-sided nest box they can get in and out of easily, and have the food and water close by so that mom doesn't have to go far in the last week or so of sitting. Even though chicks are surprisingly tough, a fall from 24 inches is not good if you can possibly avoid it.
    I hatched my first babies under a hen in January and it was the most fun I've ever had with my chickens! Sooooo cute!

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