Moving Broody hen with 1 hatched chick and eggs??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by HerculesChicken, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. HerculesChicken

    HerculesChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    HELP! we are not sure what to do. Do we move the hen in the same coop with other chickens to the ground (she is in a box 2 feet up, we werent expecting her to go broody and kind went with the flow).... OR do we move her to a completely different area with the chick and eggs???

    I dont wanna loose the chick... but also dont want her to stop laying on the eggs... but also dont want other chickens to kill her.

    AHH! What do we do?
     
  2. farnorth

    farnorth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you put up a screen or mesh to keep them in the nest box for now? then after the eggs are done hatching pen off an area on the floor?

    I wouldn't move her right now...she might abandon or trample the eggs if she gets upset.

    If you move her to another building....Just don't do what I did last year. I put a broody and her chicks in a stall we sometimes used for horses.....they were fine for a week ....then a weasel got into the stall and took all the chicks. We didn't realize it wasn't just as secure as the coop.
     
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  3. HerculesChicken

    HerculesChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    so... we did try to move her. AND she abandoned the nest. I found baby outside in the middle of coop. Thankfully in time. She went back up high into a box, and we moved the eggs back up there. The baby we took inside under the heat lamp. Should we put the baby back under the mother up high???

    UGH... :( I dont wanna lose the baby...

    there is also one egg piping.
     
  4. farnorth

    farnorth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After the next chick hatches I would slip the chick you now have in the house back under the hen in the middle of the night.
     

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