Naturally born chicks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by btalbott, Feb 8, 2017.

  1. btalbott

    btalbott Just Hatched

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    Howdy!

    So, I'm about a year into raising chickens and gathering eggs. It's a total blast and I'm loving it. I would like to create a separate yard/coop for a rooster and 3-5 hens for breeding purposes. I can't invest in an incubator right now. If these guys are all by themselves and left alone to do what they do. . . . will all be ok? I don't want to go out and be a part of the process. I want things to happen naturally. The coop happens to be quite insulated. I can manage the temp inside if necessary. Any ideas and/or thoughts??

    Thanks so much!!
     
  2. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yup, Nature will take it's course
     
  3. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    :welcome!

    Whether they will hatch or not depends entirely on the breed. Some breeds go broody and raise chicks on their own quite readily. Others have had that trait bred out of them.

    Also, you will need at least five hens for the rooster, and quite likely more - if you can do 10 that's the best number, and the closer you get to ten the less likely the hens will be injured by overmating.
     
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    what breed hens do you have?
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. I agree with Pyxis.

    Good luck
    CT
     
  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under btalbott [​IMG] Welcome!

    Great advice from Pyxis so I will just wish you luck.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
     
  7. N F C

    N F C got coffee? Premium Member Project Manager

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  8. btalbott

    btalbott Just Hatched

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    thanks
     
  9. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Hello from Kansas, btalbott, and :welcome! Great to have you aboard! :weee
     
  10. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    Unfortunately broodiness has been mostly bred out of RIRs, especially those from hatcheries, as it is an impediment to egg production. The hens aren't very likely to go broody. If you wanted you could get some hens especially for brooding, such as silkies, cochins, or game hens, and let them hatch the RIRs' eggs.
     

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