In the wild, when a hen goes broody and raises her chicks ...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Mum, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. Mum

    Mum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ... would she naturally seperate herself from the rest of the flock, or, still remain within the flock?

    The reason I ask is because I was under the impression that we (humans) remove/isolate a broody and subsequent chicks on the basis the chicks may get attacked/eaten by the adult members of the flock. So, the question begs to be asked: how do they cope in the wild? [​IMG] Is seperation absolutely necessary, or merely desirable?

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  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Well I've never separated mine and the only time I lost a strong chick was when that snake got in.

    I -do- mark the eggs and have a back up incubator- I mark the eggs to remove the extra eggs laid by lazy hens, and if my moving her one a day breaks her of broodyness (only happened once) I incubate the rest of the time.
     
  3. Mum

    Mum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for sharing your experience, FireTigeris.
     

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