just found out a hen is a cockerel

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by clairegareth, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. clairegareth

    clairegareth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi we have just found out from putting pics on here one of our hens is a cockerel,,,we have decided to let them have a few chicks,,,do they need seperate coops and are sultans broody hens I have no clue where to start plz heeeeelllllppp
     
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I only have one Sultan but she is very broody. She went broody for the first time after laying her 29th egg. This year she brooded 3 times and is still raising her last batch that are now 8-9 weeks old.

    I have found it is a good idea to have a way to segregate a broody hen so the other hens don't disturb her while she is sitting. Typically I will partition off a small corner of the coop where she is sitting and give her her own food and water bowls. After the chicks hatch, I leave the new family there for a few days to bond and then remove the partition and the chicks are raised from then on in the flock.
     
  3. clairegareth

    clairegareth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thats great advice thanks,,,,we have a large coop that leads staright onto our land,,,and we have 2 smaller pens that currently have nothing in them but a spare coop so that wouldnt be a prob to seperate them,,,just not sure wether we are prepared enough to do it
     

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