My brave broody hen

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by countrybuffs, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. countrybuffs

    countrybuffs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Two nights ago something got into the chicken pen and killed one of my hens, not sure what it was, there was only a small bit eaten. I have built a new door.
    Anyway, one of my other hens is broody (no rooster, no eggs in her nest) and she stuck tight in her little nest while all this happened! Her nest is in a corner with a slanted board over it, I can't believe she did not get eaten! I am going to get 4 new chicks in a couple of days and give them to her for a reward! I put baby chicks under a hen last year and it worked great. The only thing I will do differently this time is handle the chicks a lot more, the hen-raised chicks were pretty independant.
     
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  2. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you just have two hens?

    That broody hen must have been very quiet not to be noticed by whatever killed the other hen.
     
  3. countrybuffs

    countrybuffs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 4 hens now, they are Buff Orpingtons, I am going to get 4 Australorps when they come into the feed store on Friday.
     
  4. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe you can slip those baby chicks under the broody hen at night and she will raise them.

    Have you figured out how the animal got into the coop?
     

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