How many chcks can ONE hen handle?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by easyvilleacres, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. easyvilleacres

    easyvilleacres Out Of The Brooder

    32
    0
    34
    Apr 13, 2015
    SW MO
    We have a broody hen (been broody for nearly a month). We've also been incubating eggs. We made the hen her own private broody pen, put her in there two nights ago, and put 5 fertile eggs under her. All seems well so far, and the eggs are set to hatch tomorrow. We have 28 fertile eggs including the ones we put under her. They are sex linked and we will be getting rid of the cockerels. SO ... assuming there is a 50/50 ratio of pullets and cockerels, we might have 14 pullets by tomorrow evening.

    QUESTION: Can our BO handle ALL 14 chicks?

    The brooder is already set up. We have 19 1.5 month old chicks in their own secure pen outside and 5 - 2 week old chicks in the brooder box inside along with two poults. Of course it would not be that big of a deal to throw a few more chicks in there, but I am ready for that brooder box to be OUT of my living room!

    Thanks!
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,723
    2,687
    466
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I once gave a broody hen 42 chicks.

    [​IMG]
     
  3. easyvilleacres

    easyvilleacres Out Of The Brooder

    32
    0
    34
    Apr 13, 2015
    SW MO
    Whew ... point well taken! I think my girl can handle 14 just fine then! Thanks :)
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by