letting the hen do all the work?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by goosecrane, May 19, 2010.

  1. goosecrane

    goosecrane Out Of The Brooder

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    i have been letting my hens set on the eggs in one nest. some have hatched. the nest is about 4 ft off the ground they are still in there. 1st question: do i need to seperate them or will the hen take care of her young. can this be done natural? i would like for it to be a natural thing. how should i go about this. i guess tell me what to do, and what not to do. thank you
     
  2. TurkeyMountainChickens

    TurkeyMountainChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can let the hen care for the chicks, if she will. My first broody was all into the eggs, but didn't want anything to do with the little chicks!

    I would recommend that you move them, though. The chicks won't be able to make the 4 foot drop to the ground. Put mama and the chicks in a space by themselves with food and water at chick height.
     
  3. goosecrane

    goosecrane Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for the advice. i went out gathered up my chic feeder and waterer. went to the pen and the chics were running around with mamma. and she was heavily guarding them. im just gonna let her do her thing i think. she seamed to be doing a good job.
     

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