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Just put 6 feed store chicks under a broody

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kittykorat, May 19, 2010.

  1. kittykorat

    kittykorat Songster

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    Now what?
    She made the same broody cluck noises she's been making for a couple weeks. The chicks peeped a bit, settled under her, then it looked like she went back to sleep.
    Does that mean she is accepting the chicks, or should I wake up before dawn and go outside and check up on them?
     
  2. NurseNettie

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    I'd just let them settle in. Make sure there is food and water where she and the babies can get to it, and hopefully it'll be all good!!!
     
  3. kittykorat

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    I checked on her this morning. She puffed up and clucked at me. I picked her up a bit and the chicks were snuggled under her. I guess that means she accepted them? I have her locked in a dog crate in the run. Should I fence her off from the others and open the door so she can get out?
     
  4. NurseNettie

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    Yeah, she's definitely telling you to back off -- babies on board, LOL

    I'd fence them off from the rest so that they can get out and around, but are safe from the others.


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