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DollBoll

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I got some hatching eggs off of eBay after giving back the chicks I was looking after and they’ve hatched!

I’m not sure how many have hatched as I’ve only seen two (they’re under my silkie) and I don’t want to panic her so I’ve left some food and a waterer near her so the chicks don’t have to travel to far when they’re ready to eat and drink.

I’m going in quite blind I was fine with my uncles chicks because they were under a lamp but these cuties have a mum to look after them!
 

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Take care of mom and she should take care of the chicks.
Thanks for the advice there’s 3 to what I’m aware of but I’ve only seen these two fully how cute
 

aart

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She is very good with them! I do want to hold them but I don’t want to interfere or have my hand bitten off :hmm I supply food and water she does the rest
You should be able to handle any bird in your flock at any time.
'Making friends' with a broody is a good thing to do during incubation.
Bribe her some treats and touch her every day, not for long, and she'll get used to it.
 

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@aart, alas, I have always agreed with you in the past. You have given me such good advice.
I have a broody who loves me when she is sitting. I can move her, feed her, pet her. She is a great mum but when she hatches she becomes a raving lunatic. If I even get near another hen's chicks she has a hissy-fit. She calms down after the 3rd or 4th week or so. Then I start handling the chicks and bribing them with treats.
Hopefully the OP has a calmer hen.
I Definitely agree with you, you do need to be able to handle all your chickens.
 

DollBoll

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You should be able to handle any bird in your flock at any time.
'Making friends' with a broody is a good thing to do during incubation.
Bribe her some treats and touch her every day, not for long, and she'll get used to it.
I haven’t been touching her but I have been giving her a couple of brambles every other day there’s 3 birds of mine that either slap my hand away or will run a mile if she thinks I’m trying to pick her up and I generally only pick them up if they haven’t followed me into their run for food
 

aart

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I haven’t been touching her but I have been giving her a couple of brambles every other day there’s 3 birds of mine that either slap my hand away or will run a mile if she thinks I’m trying to pick her up and I generally only pick them up if they haven’t followed me into their run for food
With a broody on the nest just gently stroke her waddles, she may nip you but stay calm.
Doing this a couple times a day for short duration, just a few minutes at most, and she will get used to you touching her, then you can gently lift her breast up to peek at eggs.
 

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@aart, alas, I have always agreed with you in the past. You have given me such good advice.
I have a broody who loves me when she is sitting. I can move her, feed her, pet her. She is a great mum but when she hatches she becomes a raving lunatic. If I even get near another hen's chicks she has a hissy-fit. She calms down after the 3rd or 4th week or so. Then I start handling the chicks and bribing them with treats.
Hopefully the OP has a calmer hen.
I Definitely agree with you, you do need to be able to handle all your chickens.

This is soo my broody BCM hen right now. It's her first brood and I was beyond shocked that I can manipulate her to candle the eggs without getting a good pecking. Will be interested to see if she goes insane towards me post hatch. I'd be fine with that as long as she didn't kill the chicks or something.
 

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